nictitation


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nic·ti·tate

(nĭk′tĭ-tāt′) also nic·tate (nĭk′tāt′)
intr.v. nic·ti·tat·ed, nic·ti·tat·ing, nic·ti·tates also nic·tat·ed or nic·tat·ing or nic·tates
To wink.

[Medieval Latin nictitāre, nictitāt-, frequentative of Latin nictāre.]

nic′ti·ta′tion n.

nictitation, nictation

the process of winking or blinking rapidly, as in certain birds or animals or as the result of a tic in humans.
See also: Eyes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nictitation - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidlynictitation - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
palpebration - repeated blinking or winking (especially if uncontrolled and persistent)

nictitation

noun
A brief closing of the eyes:
Translations

nic·ti·ta·tion

n. nictitación, acto de guiñar.