nictation


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nictitation, nictation

the process of winking or blinking rapidly, as in certain birds or animals or as the result of a tic in humans.
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Noun1.nictation - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidlynictation - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
palpebration - repeated blinking or winking (especially if uncontrolled and persistent)

nictation

noun
A brief closing of the eyes:
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Nictation behaviour and its ecological implications in the host search strategies of entomopathogenic nematodes.
This work is elucidating the mechanisms of dauer juvenile formation and timing for synchronization with an insect host, and the importance of dauer nictation behavior and dauer chemotaxis to host semiochemicals for evolution, host-switching and maintenance of nematode/insect symbioses in varying environments (Hong et al.