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re·flex

 (rē′flĕks′)
adj.
1. Physiology Being an involuntary action or response, such as a sneeze, blink, or hiccup.
2. Produced as an automatic response or reaction: reflex opposition to change.
3. Bent, turned, or thrown back; reflected.
4. Reflexed.
n.
1.
a. Physiology An involuntary response to a stimulus.
b. reflexes A person's ability to respond to new or changing stimuli: His quick reflexes make him a good taxi driver.
2. Psychology An unlearned or instinctive response to a stimulus.
3. Linguistics A form or feature that reflects or represents an earlier, often reconstructed, form or feature having undergone phonetic or other change.
4.
a. Something, such as light or heat, that is reflected.
b. An image produced by reflection.
c. A copy or reproduction.

[From Middle English reflexen, to refract light, bend back, from Latin reflexus, past participle of reflectere, to bend back; see reflect.]

reflex

n
1. (Physiology)
a. an immediate involuntary response, esp one that is innate, such as coughing or removal of the hand from a hot surface, evoked by a given stimulus
b. (as modifier): a reflex action. See also reflex arc
2. (Psychology)
a. a mechanical response to a particular situation, involving no conscious decision
b. (as modifier): a reflex response.
3. (General Physics) a reflection; an image produced by or as if by reflection
4. (Linguistics) a speech element derived from a corresponding form in an earlier state of the language: "sorrow" is a reflex of Middle English "sorwe".
adj
5. (Mathematics) maths (of an angle) between 180° and 360°
6. (prenominal) turned, reflected, or bent backwards
vb
(tr) to bend, turn, or reflect backwards
[C16: from Latin reflexus bent back, from reflectere to reflect]
reˈflexible adj
reˌflexiˈbility n

re•flex

(adj., n. ˈri flɛks; v. rɪˈflɛks)

adj.
1. noting or pertaining to an involuntary response to a stimulus, the nerve impulse from a receptor being transmitted inward to a nerve center that in turn transmits it outward to an effector.
2. occurring in reaction; responsive.
3. cast back; reflected, as light or color.
4. bent or turned back.
n.
5.
a. Also called re′flex act`. movement caused by a reflex response.
b. Also called re′flex ac`tion. the entire physiological process activating such movement.
6. any automatic, unthinking, often habitual behavior or response.
7. the reflected image of an object.
8. a reproduction, as if in a mirror.
9. a copy; adaptation.
10. reflected light, color, etc.
11. an element in a language, as a sound, that has developed from a corresponding element in an earlier form of the language: The(ō)in stone is a reflex of Old English ā.
v.t.
12. to subject to a reflex process.
13. to bend, turn, or fold back.
[1500–10; < Latin reflexus, past participle of reflectere to bend back; see reflect]
re′flex•ly, adv.

re·flex

(rē′flĕks′)
An automatic, involuntary response to a stimulus, as the withdrawal of a body part from a painful stimulus such as burning heat.

reflex


Past participle: reflexed
Gerund: reflexing

Imperative
reflex
reflex
Present
I reflex
you reflex
he/she/it reflexes
we reflex
you reflex
they reflex
Preterite
I reflexed
you reflexed
he/she/it reflexed
we reflexed
you reflexed
they reflexed
Present Continuous
I am reflexing
you are reflexing
he/she/it is reflexing
we are reflexing
you are reflexing
they are reflexing
Present Perfect
I have reflexed
you have reflexed
he/she/it has reflexed
we have reflexed
you have reflexed
they have reflexed
Past Continuous
I was reflexing
you were reflexing
he/she/it was reflexing
we were reflexing
you were reflexing
they were reflexing
Past Perfect
I had reflexed
you had reflexed
he/she/it had reflexed
we had reflexed
you had reflexed
they had reflexed
Future
I will reflex
you will reflex
he/she/it will reflex
we will reflex
you will reflex
they will reflex
Future Perfect
I will have reflexed
you will have reflexed
he/she/it will have reflexed
we will have reflexed
you will have reflexed
they will have reflexed
Future Continuous
I will be reflexing
you will be reflexing
he/she/it will be reflexing
we will be reflexing
you will be reflexing
they will be reflexing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been reflexing
you have been reflexing
he/she/it has been reflexing
we have been reflexing
you have been reflexing
they have been reflexing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been reflexing
you will have been reflexing
he/she/it will have been reflexing
we will have been reflexing
you will have been reflexing
they will have been reflexing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been reflexing
you had been reflexing
he/she/it had been reflexing
we had been reflexing
you had been reflexing
they had been reflexing
Conditional
I would reflex
you would reflex
he/she/it would reflex
we would reflex
you would reflex
they would reflex
Past Conditional
I would have reflexed
you would have reflexed
he/she/it would have reflexed
we would have reflexed
you would have reflexed
they would have reflexed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reflex - an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulusreflex - an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
accommodation reflex - reflex changes in the eyes that enable an object to be focused on the retina
Babinski, Babinski reflex, Babinski sign - 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
belch, burp, burping, eructation, belching - a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
blink, blinking, eye blink, nictation, nictitation, winking, wink - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
blush, flush - sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)
disgorgement, emesis, puking, vomiting, regurgitation, vomit - the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
defecation reflex, rectal reflex - normal response to the presence of feces in the rectum
yawn, yawning, oscitance, oscitancy - 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"
electrical shock, shock, electric shock - 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"
breaking wind, fart, farting, flatus, wind - a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
gulping, gulp - a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing
response, reaction - 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"
knee jerk, knee-jerk reflex, patellar reflex - a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon
light reflex, pupillary reflex, miosis, myosis - reflex contraction of the sphincter muscle of the iris in response to a bright light (or certain drugs) causing the pupil to become smaller
mydriasis - reflex pupillary dilation as a muscle pulls the iris outward; occurs in response to a decrease in light or certain drugs
micturition reflex - relaxation of the urethral sphincter in response to increased pressure in the bladder
gag reflex, pharyngeal reflex - normal reflex consisting of retching; may be produced by touching the soft palate in the back of the mouth
goose bump, goose pimple, goose skin, goosebump, gooseflesh, horripilation, pilomotor reflex - reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
plantar 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)
rooting reflex - reflex consisting of head-turning and sucking movements elicited in a normal infant by gently stroking the side of the mouth or cheek
startle, jump, start - a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
myotactic reflex, stretch reflex - reflex contraction of a muscle when an attached tendon is pulled; important in maintaining erect posture
suckling reflex - reflex behavior in newborn mammals; includes finding and grasping the nipple in the mouth and sucking on it and swallowing the milk
shiver, tremble, shake - a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
sneeze, sneezing, sternutation - a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose
hiccough, hiccup, singultus - (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?"
Adj.1.reflex - without volition or conscious controlreflex - without volition or conscious control; "the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light"; "a reflex knee jerk"; "sneezing is reflexive"
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
involuntary - controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control; "involuntary muscles"; "gave an involuntary start"

reflex

noun automatic, spontaneous, instinctive, involuntary, impulsive, knee-jerk, unthinking I turned to look inside the house in a reflex action.

reflex

adjective
Acting or happening without apparent forethought, prompting, or planning:
noun
Imitative reproduction, as of the style of another:
Translations
رَد فِعْل تَلْقائيرَدٌّ فِعْلٌ تِلْقائيّ
reflex
refleks
refleksiheijaste
refleks
reflex
ósjálfrátt viîbragî
反射作用
반사 행동
refleksas
reflex
reflex
การกระทำโดยอัตโนมัติ
phản xạ

reflex

[ˈriːfleks]
A. ADJreflejo (Math) [angle] → de reflexión
reflex camera (Phot) → cámara f reflex
B. Nreflejo m

reflex

[ˈriːflɛks]
adj [action, reaction, response] → réflexe
n
(= physical reaction) → réflexe m
(= habit) → réflexe m

reflex

adj (Physiol, Psych, Phys, fig) → Reflex-; (Math) angleüberstumpf; reflex action (Physiol, Psych) → Reflexhandlung f, → Reflex m; reflex point (Anat) → Reflexzone f
n (Physiol, Psych, fig) → Reflex m; (Phys, = image) → Reflexion f ? condition VT c

reflex

[ˈriːflɛks]
1. nriflesso
2. adj (Math) → concavo/a

reflex

(ˈriːfleks) noun, adjective
(an action which is) automatic or not intended. The doctor tapped the patient's knee in order to test his reflexes; a reflex action.

reflex

رَدٌّ فِعْلٌ تِلْقائيّ reflex refleks Reflex αντανακλαστικό reflejo refleksi réflexe refleks riflesso 反射作用 반사 행동 reflex refleks odbicie reflexo рефлекс reflex การกระทำโดยอัตโนมัติ refleks phản xạ 反射

re·flex

n. reflejo, respuesta motora involuntaria a un estímulo;
Achilles tendon ______ del tendón de Aquiles;
___ actionacto, acción ___;
___ archarco ___;
behavior ______ adquirido;
chain ______ en cadena;
conditioned ______ condicionado;
instinctive ______ instintivo;
patellar ______ patelar o rotuliano;
radial ______ radial;
rectal ______ rectal;
stretch ______ de estiramiento;
unconditioned ______ no condicionado;
vagal ______ vagal.
V. cuadro en la pagina 225.

reflex

n reflejo; conditioned — reflejo condicionado; gag — reflejo nauseoso; patellar — reflejo rotuliano; — hammer martillo de reflejos; startle — reflejo de sobresalto