- 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)
- reflex angle,
- reflex arc,
- reflex camera,
- reflex cough,
- reflex epilepsy
Origin of reflex
Examples from the Web for reflex
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 reflex is to say China is going to take us to the cleaners, right?Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline|Michael Moynihan|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tears were a reflex response of the lachrymal glands to these events.
She saw in them, it is true, a reflex of her own power—and that pleased, but it did not move her.Mary Marston|George MacDonald
His perfect modesty was the reflex of his natural reticence.A Day With Longfellow|Anonymous
Involuntary attention, often called "reflex attention," is attention called forth by a nervous response to some sense stimulus.Your Mind and How to Use It|William Walker Atkinson
The tetanic stage is followed by paralysis of reflex movements and cessation of breathing, the heart continuing to beat.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
Then the cerebro-spinal again differentiates into voluntary and reflex systems.Evolution|Joseph Le Conte
- 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
Word Origin for reflex
c.1500, "reflection of light," from verb reflex meaning "refract, deflect" (late 14c.), from Late Latin reflexus "a bending back," noun use of past participle of reflectere (see reflection). Meaning "involuntary nerve stimulation" first recorded 1877, from reflex action (1833).
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.