\hˈuːvəz sˈa͡ɪn], \hˈuːvəz sˈaɪn], \h_ˈuː_v_ə_z s_ˈaɪ_n]\
Definitions of HOOVER'S SIGN
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A person lying supine on a couch, when asked to raise one leg, involuntarily makes counterpressure with the heel of the other leg; if this leg is paralyzed whatever muscular power is preserved in it will be exerted in this way; or if the patient attempts to lift the paralyzed limb, counterpressure will be made with the other heel, whether any movement occurs in the paralyzed leg or not.
By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop