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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.


(ˌrɛtrəʊˈflɛkʃən) or


1. the act or condition of bending or being bent backwards
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics the act of turning the tip of the tongue upwards and backwards towards the hard palate in the articulation of a vowel or a consonant


or ret•ro•flec•tion

(ˌrɛ trəˈflɛk ʃən)

1. a bending backward.
2. the folding backward of an organ, esp. of the uterus in relation to its cervix.
a. retroflex articulation of a speech sound.
b. the acoustic quality resulting from retroflex articulation; r-color.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retroflexion - a turning or tilting backward of an organ or body part; "retroversion of the uterus"
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
2.retroflexion - an articulatory gesture made by turning the tip of the tongue back against the roof of the mouth
articulation - the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
3.retroflexion - the act of bending backward
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"


, retroflection
n. retroflexión, flexión de un órgano hacia atrás.
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11) Compare regional linguistic features such as the retroflexion of consonants.
bar]dyoh negates retroflexion of the initial s of a pada where retro-flexion would otherwise occur after a simple vowel other than a or [a.
SAN ANTONIO--In a prospective study of 1,000 colonoscopy patients, the use of retroflexion in the right colon identified an additional 68 polyps in 58 patients, and 24 of these patients were negative for any polyps on a forward-only exam.
Ileocecal valve intubation sometimes required cecal retroflexion.
The consonant group OIA rt led to retroflexion both in the east and in the north-west, whereas the dental was preserved in the central and south-western languages (although there are exceptions like Hindi and Panjabi marak 'plague' <OIA mrtakka-).
What one may also hear in casual speech is wedn't, as vowel rounding is perceptually and acoustically similar to retroflexion.
Evans provides no phonetic data to back up this claim; to my knowledge, he is alone in making this distinction, in any language, The discussion of retroflexion as a syllable prosody (2.