Definitions for: Reflex


[n] an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus



Webster (1913) Definition: Re"flex (r?"fl?ks), a. [L. reflexus, p. p. of
reflectere: cf. F. r['e]flexe. See Reflect.]
1. Directed back; attended by reflection; retroactive;
introspective.

The reflex act of the soul, or the turning of the
intellectual eye inward upon its own actions. --Sir
M. Hale.

2. Produced in reaction, in resistance, or in return.

3. (Physiol.) Of, pertaining to, or produced by, stimulus or
excitation without the necessary intervention of
consciousness.

Reflex action (Physiol.), any action performed
involuntarily in consequence of an impulse or impression
transmitted along afferent nerves to a nerve center, from
which it is reflected to an efferent nerve, and so calls
into action certain muscles, organs, or cells.

Reflex nerve (Physiol.), an excito-motory nerve. See
Exito-motory.


Re"flex (r?"fl?ks; formerly r?*fl?ks"), n. [L. reflexus
a bending back. See Reflect.]
1. Reflection; the light reflected from an illuminated
surface to one in shade.

Yon gray is not the morning's eye, 'Tis but the pale
reflex of Cynthia's brow. --Shak.

On the depths of death there swims The reflex of a
human face. --Tennyson.

2. (Physiol.) An involuntary movement produced by reflex
action.

Patellar reflex. See Knee jerk, under Knee.


Re*flex" (r?*fl?ks"), v. t. [L. reflexus, p. p. of
reflectere. See Reflect.]
1. To reflect. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. To bend back; to turn back. --J. Gregory.

Synonyms: inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, unconditioned reflex

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Famous Quotes Containing Reflex:


The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd.

-- Sarah Bernhardt (French Actress)

An orgasm is just a reflex, like a sneeze.

-- Ruth Westheimer (American Psychologist)

Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.

-- Norman Vincent Peale (American Clergyman)

It's like a prehistoric reflex, you know, going out and getting the meat and bringing it back to the cave. You feel you're supposed to make it better, but more than likely she's asking you to tell her how you feel.

-- Fred Ward (American Actor)

Rational behavior requires theory. Reactive behavior requires only reflex action.

-- W. Edwards Deming (American Scientist)

The mental act of sensation which issues in reflex movement is so simple as to defy analysis.

-- Samuel Alexander (Australian Philosopher)

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.

-- Emma Goldman (Lithuanian Activist)

The racing driver's mind has to have the ability to have amazing anticipation, coordination, and reflex. Because of the speed the car goes.

-- Emerson Fittipaldi (Brazilian Celebrity)


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