- Also called reflex act . movement caused by a reflex response.
- Also called reflex action. the entire physiological process activating such movement.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of reflex
OTHER WORDS FROM reflexre·flex·ly, adverbre·flex·ness, nounmul·ti·re·flex, nounsem·i·re·flex, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for reflex
Glanzman’s team went back to their aplysia and trained them over two days to prolong their siphon-withdrawal reflex.
His team, attempting to create and erase a memory in aplysia, periodically delivered mild electric shocks to train the mollusk to prolong a reflex, one where it withdraws, upon touch, its siphon, a little breathing tube between the gill and the tail.
What’s more, the snakes have hackedtheir prey’s natural escape reflexes.‘Great Adaptations’ unravels mysteries of amazing animal abilities|Erin Garcia de Jesus|October 12, 2020|Science News
That’s why a snapping twig can activate the fight-or-flight reflexes that make us scream.
The position of the testes is a reflex controlled by the cremaster muscle, which brings them closer to the body in colder temperatures to maintain the warmth needed for sperm production.
But when a serial sex predator is playing fanboy, the gag reflex kicks in.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Worry has become as automatic a reflex as breathing in your sleep.The Israeli App Red Alert Saves Lives—but It Just Might Drive You Nuts|Itay Hod|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then came the moment when a reflex born of a lifetime with a badge caused him to check the door window at the end of the car.
He is quite a bundle of stimulus and reflex, with no reflection.The Real Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan Belfort’s Vulgar Memoirs|Jimmy So|December 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The term Affluenza caused a national gag reflex—and as a doctor I can assure you that, no, Affluenza is not a real affliction.
Even if I were to be shot, the reflex action of my fingers would pull the trigger of this revolver and McGinty will die.
The reflex excitability is lowered and the sensibility diminished.A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy|Alexander Hughes Bennett
It came, I think, out of just such an automatic reflex as causes an "opening" in conversation to call forth its own obvious reply.In Accordance with the Evidence|Oliver Onions
The reflex action on his sensitive mind first stunned, and then warped his senses.Etidorhpa or the End of Earth.|John Uri Lloyd
Such a physiological relation of things is termed reflex action.Voice Production in Singing and Speaking|Wesley Mills
British Dictionary definitions for reflex
- an immediate involuntary response, esp one that is innate, such as coughing or removal of the hand from a hot surface, evoked by a given stimulus
- (as modifier)a reflex action See also reflex arc
- a mechanical response to a particular situation, involving no conscious decision
- (as modifier)a reflex response
Derived forms of reflexreflexible, adjectivereflexibility, noun
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An action or movement not controlled by conscious thought. A reflex may be anything from a hiccup to the involuntary response of a body part, such as the action that occurs in the knee-jerk reflex.