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 (dĭ-flĕkst′, dē′flĕkst′)
adj. Botany
Bent or turned abruptly downward at a sharp angle: deflexed petals.

[From Latin dēflexus, past participle of dēflectere, to bend; see deflect.]
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(dɪˈflɛkst; ˈdiːflɛkst)
(Botany) (of leaves, petals, etc) bent sharply outwards and downwards
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bent abruptly downward.
[1820–30; < Latin dēflex(us), past participle of deflectere (see deflect) + -ed2]
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Pileus 3-9cm wide, convex to hemispherical to flattened; margins straight and flaring to slightly deflexed, sometimes irregular; pileal veil white, cottony, collapsing with age and finally evanescent; pileus surface moist to viscid, yellowish white to pale yellow to yellowish brown, scales brown colored appressed fibrillose throughout the surface, more prominent towards the margin.
6) with median lobe broadly elliptical, narrowing apical, apex strongly deflexed, broadly rounded.
barrelieri from Spain and North Africa, have calyces that are deflexed downward in fruit (Hedge, 1974), but it is not known if they exhibit hygroscopic movement in association with mericarp release.
Diagnosis: This has the claw-like deflexed compound setae in posterior setigers, as well as an anterior dorsal tooth on the pharynx.
Inflorescences terminal or axillary, paniculate-corimbosa, 8-21 flowered, 3.5-11.5 cm long; bracts ovate, 2.3-4 mm long, deciduous, strigulose, margin glabrous; pedicel 2-3.3 cm long; extrafloral nectaries absent; flower 3-4.7 cm diam; sepals heteromorphic, deflexed, two smaller oval-suborbicular, 4-7 x 3.6-5 mm, puberulent, margin ciliated, three larger ovalsuborbicular and oblong-obovate, 7-10 x 6-9 mm, glabrous, margin ciliated; petals almost isomorphic, yellow, base orange-red, oval-flabellate, 17-22 x 15-25 mm; stamens 7, heteromorphic, three largest, 9-11 mm long, four smaller, 6.7-8 mm long, fillets 2.2-6 mm long, anthers 4.2-7 mm long; three staminodes 3.2-4 mm long; ovary pilosulous the laterals seams, 13-14 x 1.3-2 mm, 42-56 ovulated, style 2-2.5 mm long.
In the Johnson's formula, correction was made for station of the head and obesity; but factors like liquor volume, site of placenta, deflexed head and moulding of the head remained.
The most common identified cause of non-engaged head was deflexed head in 28(28%) while no cause was found in 45(45%) women.