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or ret·ro·flec·tion

[re-truh-flek-shuh n]
  1. a bending backward.
  2. Pathology. a bending backward of the body of the uterus upon the cervix.
  3. Phonetics.
    1. retroflex articulation.
    2. the acoustic quality resulting from retroflex articulation; r-color.
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Origin of retroflexion

1835–45; < New Latin retrōflexiōn- (stem of retrōflexiō), equivalent to Latin retrōflex(us) retroflex + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for retroflection



  1. the act or condition of bending or being bent backwards
  2. phonetics the act of turning the tip of the tongue upwards and backwards towards the hard palate in the articulation of a vowel or a consonant
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retroflection in Medicine


  1. A backward bending, especially of the body of the uterus toward the cervix.
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