Definitions of reflex

  1. ( physiology) without volition or conscious control; " the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light"; " a reflex knee jerk"; " sneezing is reflexive"
  2. without volition or conscious control; " the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light"; " a reflex knee jerk"; " sneezing is reflexive"
  3. Directed back; attended by reflection; retroactive; introspective.
  4. Produced in reaction, in resistance, or in return.
  5. Of, pertaining to, or produced by, stimulus or excitation without the necessary intervention of consciousness.
  6. Reflection; the light reflected from an illuminated surface to one in shade.
  7. An involuntary movement produced by reflex action.
  8. To reflect.
  9. To bend back; to turn back.
  10. An involuntary movement or exercise of function in a part, excited in response to a stimulus applied to the periphery and transmitted to the brain or spinal cord.
  11. A sending back of light or color; an image, as in a mirror; an involuntary movement of some part of the body.
  12. Turned or thrown back from a surface, as light or color; caused by action in return; as, a reflex influence; in physiology, pertaining to or caused by some impulse, independently of will.
  13. To bend or turn back.
  14. Reflexed.
  15. Bent or turned back: reflected: ( physiology) said of certain movements which take place independent of the will, being sent back from a nerve- centre in answer to a stimulus from the surface: ( paint.) illuminated by light reflected from another part of the same picture.
  16. Reflection: light reflected from an illuminated surface.
  17. Reflection.
  18. Thrown back; reflected.
  19. Turned or thrown backward; reflective.
  20. Reflection, or an image produced by reflection; a mere copy.
  21. Reflection; reflected light.
  22. Involuntary; reaction to stimulus.

Usage examples for reflex

  1. In reflex actions we see a simple stimulus passing suddenly into movement: little or no control being exercised by other parts of the nervous system. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  2. The torrent of bitter words she had poured on Elaine was the reflex action of that sudden realisation. – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  3. After a thousand executions, everything was instinct and reflex. – The Executioner by Frank Riley
  4. It was not that he deliberated, nor that his reason dictated it; but instinctively, almost from a purely reflex muscular action, he removed his hat while Miss Caroline talked, feeling himself thrill with a foreign and most suave deference. – The Boss of Little Arcady by Harry Leon Wilson
  5. In addition, the reflex arc is disturbed, and reflexes are lost. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  6. If you had one of these consciences- I mean the kind of conscience that pretends to belong to you, and acts as if it belonged to some one else, I said one of these dead- frog- leg, reflex- action consciences, working and twitching away on you day and night, the way I have, you'd have to think about it sometimes. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  7. A flash of automatic fire from his left, a searing burn along his arm an inch or so below the shoulder- Travis' action was purely reflex. – The Defiant Agents by Andre Alice Norton
  8. With lights and sounds, however, movements also attract the infant's attention very early; and the passage from reflex attention to a sort of vague interest seems to arise first in connection with the movements of the persons about him. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  9. There are some who deem death also an hallucination, and the apparent annihilation of matter consequent upon it merely a reflex confirmation of the truth that there is no matter, only spirit; and it may well be that as the world grows in faith, death will disappear in that we shall cease to think we see matter. – The Opinions of a Philosopher by Robert Grant
  10. Further, we must assume that the gloomy cast of thought so pervadingly given to the new tragedies is partly a reflex of his own experience, but also in large part an expression of the philosophy to which he had been led by his reading, as well as by his life. – Montaigne and Shakspere by John M. Robertson
  11. She had a strange fondness for this tranquil mirror, which under sun or stars always retained the passive reflex of the sky above, and seemed to rest her weary eyes. – On the Frontier by Bret Harte
  12. It's pure reflex now. – Tinker's Dam by Joseph Tinker
  13. Then he was moved, his head was raised, and something hard pressed against his lower lip so that he opened his mouth in reflex. – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton
  14. " Plays, cara mia, are often nothing but the reflex of real life," I said. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  15. He delighted in the reflex stimulus of the excitement he produced in others by working on their feelings. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  16. Some reflex motion of the brain prompted action. – Viviette by William J. Locke
  17. In both cases the motion may be either a reflex of the motion of the observer, and is then called parallactic motion, or it may be caused by a real motion of the star. – Lectures on Stellar Statistics by Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier
  18. It would not have been so sore perhaps at being dubbed " Betsy Prig;" but, being in fact almost a reprint of the " Herald," the suggestion of " Mrs. Harris"- a creature of no existence, the mere reflex of Mrs. Gamp's own inane and besodden brain- was too calmly provoking, as it was meant to be, to be borne in silence. – The History of "Punch" by M. H. Spielmann
  19. There is every reason to believe that consciousness is a function of nervous matter, when, that nervous matter has attained a certain degree of organization, just as we know the other " actions to which the nervous system ministers," such as reflex action and the like, to be. – Critiques and Addresses by Thomas Henry Huxley