retroflection


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ret·ro·flex

 (rĕt′rə-flĕks′)
adj. also ret·ro·flexed (-flĕkst′)
1. Bent, curved, or turned backward.
2. Pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back against the roof of the mouth.
n.
A sound pronounced with the tongue in retroflex position, as the sound (r) in some varieties of English.

[Latin *retrōflexus, past participle of retrōflectere, to bend back : retrō, retro- + flectere, to bend.]

ret′ro·flex′ion, ret′ro·flec′tion n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retroflection - a turning or tilting backward of an organ or body part; "retroversion of the uterus"
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
2.retroflection - an articulatory gesture made by turning the tip of the tongue back against the roof of the mouth
articulation - the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
3.retroflection - the act of bending backward
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
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Translations

ret·ro·flex·ion

, retroflection
n. retroflexión, flexión de un órgano hacia atrás.
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