Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to flaccidity: turgidity


 (flăs′ĭd, flăk′sĭd)
1. Lacking firmness; hanging limply: flaccid muscles.
2. Lacking force, vigor, or effectiveness: a flaccid acting performance.

[Latin flaccidus, from flaccus, flabby.]

flac·cid′i·ty (-sĭd′ĭ-tē), flac′cid·ness n.
flac′cid·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flaccidity - a flabby softness
softness - the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded


[flækˈsɪdɪtɪ] Nflaccidez f
References in classic literature ?
Buyers of the Middlemarch newspapers found themselves in an anomalous position: during the agitation on the Catholic Question many had given up the "Pioneer"--which had a motto from Charles James Fox and was in the van of progress-- because it had taken Peel's side about the Papists, and had thus blotted its Liberalism with a toleration of Jesuitry and Baal; but they were ill-satisfied with the "Trumpet," which--since its blasts against Rome, and in the general flaccidity of the public mind (nobody knowing who would support whom)--had become feeble in its blowing.
The delayed neuropathic signs are motor weakness with ataxia and flaccidity of the limbs.
Given its initial flaccidity and the impossibility of removing the silicone prosthesis in humans, this graft cannot be attached to an upper valve that would replace the laryngeal sphincter.
Weakness is usually maximal immediately after onset with flaccidity predominating initially.
Clinical studies show product lessens appearance of "orange peel" skin by up to 80%, skin flaccidity and level of skin indentations.
In one of the more candid tropes in "The Subject as King of the Psychological World," Lewis compared the difference between the human brain that was merely programmable and the human brain that was capable of synthesizing and innovation to the difference between flaccidity and erection:
Normal muscle tone can be assessed and the examiner can also tell if spasticity or flaccidity are present by putting the extremities through range of motion tests.
The outcome is related to GCS/motor score in several studies and outcome worsens as motor response progresses from normal to abnormal response including flaccidity.
Most commonly, the entire CCT is disrupted, producing an acute non-weight bearing lameness, flaccidity of achillies tendon and plantigrade stance with hock touching the ground.
Contraction of the trabecular smooth muscle reopens the venous channels, allowing the blood to be expelled, which results in flaccidity or detumescence.
And without ever confronting the spiritual flaccidity all about them in their data, they affirm a pathetic faith that we can reclaim a degree of redemptive moral commitment which would be, for them and for us, paradise enough.
Muscle tenderness with flaccidity, diminished deep tendon reflex with absent plantar reflex were found in 26% of patients and these findings were all noted in patients with weakness.