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.
See also: Eyes
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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)
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nictation

noun
A brief closing of the eyes:
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The movements of Sclerorhabditis in the nematode masses seem to comply with the definition of nictation (standing on their tail and waving), a behavior that serves in finding a host (Brown, D'Anna, & Sommer, 2011), or in this case, a means of transport.
Nictation behaviour and its ecological implications in the host search strategies of entomopathogenic nematodes.
All subjects closed their eyes to reduce the nictation noise interference, and each recording continues 40 seconds at a sampling rate of 250 Hz.