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Ba·bin·ski reflex(bə-bĭn′skē) also Ba·bin·ski's reflex (-skēz)
An extension of the great toe, sometimes with fanning of the other toes, in response to stroking of the sole of the foot. It is a normal reflex in infants, but it is usually associated with a disturbance of the pyramidal tract in children and adults. Also called Babinski sign, Babinski's sign.
[After Joseph François Felix Babinski (1857-1932), French neurologist.]
Ba•bin′ski re`flex(bəˈbɪn ski)
a reflex extension of the great toe with flexion of the other toes, evoked by stroking the sole of the foot: normal in infants but otherwise denoting central nervous system damage. Also, Babinski's reflex.
[after J.French.French. Babinski (d. 1932), French neurologist]
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|Noun||1.||Babinski reflex - 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|