Definition of Reflex

1. Noun. An automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus.




2. Adjective. Without volition or conscious control. "Sneezing is reflexive"
Exact synonyms: Automatic, Reflexive
Category relationships: Physiology
Similar to: Involuntary

Definition of Reflex

1. a. Directed back; attended by reflection; retroactive; introspective.

2. n. Reflection; the light reflected from an illuminated surface to one in shade.

3. v. t. To reflect.

Definition of Reflex

1. Noun. An automatic response to a simple stimulus which does not require mental processing. ¹

2. Noun. (linguistics) A corresponding phoneme in a daughter language. ¹

3. Adjective. Bent, turned back or reflected. ¹

4. Adjective. Produced automatically by a stimulus. ¹

5. Adjective. (geometry of an angle) Having greater than 180 degrees but less than 360 degrees. ¹

6. Verb. to bend, turn back or reflect ¹

7. Verb. to respond to a stimulus ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reflex

1. to bend back [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Reflex

1. 1. Reflected. 2. A reflected action or movement, the sum total of any particular involuntary activity. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Reflex

reflectometry
reflector
reflectorise
reflectorize
reflectorized
reflectorizes
reflectorizing
reflectors
reflectron
reflectrons
reflects
reflet
reflets
reflew
reflex (current term)
reflex(a)
reflex angina
reflex angle
reflex arc
reflex arcs
reflex asthma
reflex camera
reflex control
reflex cough
reflex detrusor contraction
reflex dyspepsia
reflex epilepsy
reflex hammer
reflex headache

Literary usage of Reflex

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1. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"Irreversibility of direction of conduction in reflex-arcs. ... Independence between the rhythm of the reflex-discharge and the rhythm of the external ..."

2. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"Irreversibility of direction of conduction in reflex-arcs. ... Independence between the rhythm of the reflex-discharge and the rhythm of the external ..."

3. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"Irreversibility of direction of conduction in reflex-arcs. ... Independence between the rhythm of the reflex-discharge and the rhythm of the external ..."

4. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"The application of the term reflex to such acts seems to have been made ... Some of the earlier physiologists thought that the reflex might occur in the ..."

5. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"reflex ACTIONS. Definition and Historical.—By a reflex action we mean the involuntary production of activity in some peripheral tissue through the efferent ..."

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