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Definition 1: an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for reflex in the sense of this definition

(reflex is a kind of ...) a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent

"a bad reaction to the medicine" "his responses have slowed with age"

(... is a kind of reflex ) reflex changes in the eyes that enable an object to be focused on the retina

(... is a kind of reflex ) relaxation of the urethral sphincter in response to increased pressure in the bladder

(... is a kind of reflex ) normal reflex consisting of retching; may be produced by touching the soft palate in the back of the mouth

(... is a kind of reflex ) reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation

(... is a kind of reflex ) flexion of the toes when the sole of the foot is stroked firmly on the outer side from the heel to the front in persons over the age of 2 years; under 2 years the results should be extension of the toes (Babinski reflex)

(... is a kind of reflex ) reflex consisting of head-turning and sucking movements elicited in a normal infant by gently stroking the side of the mouth or cheek

(... is a kind of reflex ) a sudden involuntary movement

"he awoke with a start"

(... is a kind of reflex ) reflex contraction of a muscle when an attached tendon is pulled; important in maintaining erect posture

(... is a kind of reflex ) reflex behavior in newborn mammals; includes finding and grasping the nipple in the mouth and sucking on it and swallowing the milk

(... is a kind of reflex ) a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement

(... is a kind of reflex ) a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose

(... is a kind of reflex ) reflex pupillary dilation as a muscle pulls the iris outward; occurs in response to a decrease in light or certain drugs

(... is a kind of reflex ) reflex contraction of the sphincter muscle of the iris in response to a bright light (or certain drugs) causing the pupil to become smaller

(... is a kind of reflex ) a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon

(... is a kind of reflex ) extension upward of the toes when the sole of the foot is stroked firmly on the outer side from the heel to the front; normal in infants under the age of two years but a sign of brain or spinal cord injury in older persons

(... is a kind of reflex ) a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth

(... is a kind of reflex ) a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

(... is a kind of reflex ) sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)

(... is a kind of reflex ) the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth

(... is a kind of reflex ) normal response to the presence of feces in the rectum

(... is a kind of reflex ) an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom

"he could not suppress a yawn" "the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop" "he apologized for his oscitancy"

(... is a kind of reflex ) a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body

"subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response" "electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks"

(... is a kind of reflex ) a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus

(... is a kind of reflex ) a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing

(... is a kind of reflex ) (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion

"how do you cure the hiccups?"

Definition 2: without volition or conscious control - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where reflex or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light
  • a reflex knee jerk
  • sneezing is reflexive

Synonyms for reflex in the sense of this definition

(reflex is similar to ...) controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control

"involuntary muscles" "gave an involuntary start"

(reflex belongs to category ...) the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms

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