Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


adj. also ret·ro·flexed (-flĕkst′)
1. Bent, curved, or turned backward.
2. Pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back against the roof of the mouth.
A sound pronounced with the tongue in retroflex position, as the sound (r) in some varieties of English.

[Latin *retrōflexus, past participle of retrōflectere, to bend back : retrō, retro- + flectere, to bend.]

ret′ro·flex′ion, ret′ro·flec′tion n.


(ˈrɛtrəʊˌflɛks) or


1. bent or curved backwards
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics of, relating to, or involving retroflexion
[C18: from Latin retrōflexus, from retrōflectere, from retro- + flectere to bend]


(ˈrɛ trəˌflɛks)

1. bent backward; exhibiting retroflexion.
2. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tip of the tongue curled upward and back toward or against the hard palate.
[1910–15; < Latin retrōflexus, past participle of retrōflectere to bend back]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.retroflex - bend or turn backward
bend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"
2.retroflex - articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate; "Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
Adj.1.retroflex - bent or curved backward
backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"
2.retroflex - pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate
linguistics - the scientific study of language
backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"


[ˈretrəʊfleks] ADJvuelto hacia atrás
References in periodicals archive ?
Morch (2004) Retroflex vowels and other peculiarities in the Kalasha sound system.
The retroflex <R> is everywhere and many diphthongs are distorted by way too much attention and time given to the vanishing vowel.
misspellings, omissions of macrons, or sublinear retroflex dots), mainly in the considerable material not part of the main entries (etymologies, footnotes, etc.
however may be borrowed from Burushaski cen 'bird' (Berger 1974: 140) with assimilation of the final vowel to a retroflex point of articulation.
Chao described this Nankingese initial as a rather fronted retroflex (Chao 1929: 1008).
The retroflex and dental nasals subsequently merged in (Male) Dhivehi, but both scholars note that the nasal contrast was maintained in the southern Addu dialect, and Fritz adds several examples for both that dialect and Fua' Mulaku.
Retroflex has the expertise to meet and exceed your expectations for narrow or wide web applications.
Although, as von Hinuber notes, "das Verb anders als im K[hotan]Dh[arma]p[ada] nicht mit einem Retroflex anlautet" (p.
This work uses L instead of lh for the strident voiceless retroflex lateral, x for kh, and [gamma] for gh.
Retroflex has built a reputation for offering a flexographic press that's affordable, yet offers the features of the more expensive presses without sacrificing ease of operation or end product quality.
This explains why the non-CORONAL endings [n] and [u] are compatible with retroflex [r], but the non-retroflex CORONAL endings [i] and [n] are not.