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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.
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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1. the act or condition of bending or being bent backwards
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics the act of turning the tip of the tongue upwards and backwards towards the hard palate in the articulation of a vowel or a consonant
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or ret•ro•flec•tion(ˌrɛ trəˈflɛk ʃən)
1. a bending backward.
2. the folding backward of an organ, esp. of the uterus in relation to its cervix.
a. retroflex articulation of a speech sound.
b. the acoustic quality resulting from retroflex articulation; r-color.
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|Noun||1.||retroflexion - a turning or tilting backward of an organ or body part; "retroversion of the uterus"|
|2.||retroflexion - 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.||retroflexion - the act of bending backward|
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n. retroflexión, flexión de un órgano hacia atrás.
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