[ re-truh-fleks ]
/ ˈrɛ trəˌflɛks /


bent backward; exhibiting retroflexion.
Phonetics. articulated with the tip of the tongue curled upward and back against or near the juncture of the hard and soft palates; cacuminal; cerebral; coronal.
Also ret·ro·flexed [re-truh-flekst] /ˈrɛ trəˌflɛkst/.

Origin of retroflex

First recorded in 1910–15, retroflex is from the Latin word retrōflexus (past participle of retrōflectere to bend back). See retro-, flex1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retroflex



/ (ˈrɛtrəʊˌflɛks) /


bent or curved backwards
phonetics of, relating to, or involving retroflexion

Word Origin for retroflex

C18: from Latin retrōflexus, from retrōflectere, from retro- + flectere to bend
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