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Ba·bin·ski reflex

 (bə-bĭn′skē) also Ba·bin·ski's reflex (-skēz)
n.
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.]
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Ba•bin′ski re`flex

(bəˈbɪn ski)
n.
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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Noun1.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 frontBabinski 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
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It wasn't until 1896, when Joseph Francois Felix Babinski (1852-1932), son of a Polish engineer and pupil of French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, suggested that the fanning of the toes could be related to an organic disruption in the central nervous system (7).