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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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According to acoustic theory, a lowered third formant, close to the second formant, indicates a constriction fairly far back in the postalveolar-midpalatal region with strong retroflexion.
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