reflex


reflex
reflex [rē′fleks΄; ] for v., also [ ri fleks′]
n.
[< L reflexus, reflected, pp. of reflectere: see REFLECT]
1.
a) reflection, as of light
b) light or color resulting from reflection
2. a reflected image, likeness, or reproduction
3.
a) Physiol. a reflex action
b) any quick, automatic or habitual response
c) [pl.] ability to react quickly and effectively [a boxer with good reflexes]
adj.
1. turned, bent, or reflected back
2.
a) coming in reaction or reflection [a reflex effect]
b) Physiol. designating or of an involuntary action, as a sneeze, resulting from a stimulus that is carried by an afferent nerve to a nerve center and the response that is reflected along an efferent nerve to some muscle or gland
3. Electronics designating or of a device, circuit, etc. that has two different functions
4. Geom. designating an angle greater than a straight angle (180°): see ANGLE1
vt.
1. to bend, turn, or fold back
2. to cause to undergo a reflex process
reflexly
adv.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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