reflex action

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reflex action an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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.
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Usage

In literature:

What part voluntarily does man take in secretion, in digestion, in the reflex actions?
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
It was purely reflex action.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
I must have landed by reflex action.
"Faithfully Yours" by Lou Tabakow
Whether it was the reflex action of the brain from the excitement of the evening or not, but the fact was I felt unaccountably depressed.
"The Motor Pirate" by George Sidney Paternoster
The Delsarte rythmical exercises enable one not only to appear better and feel better, but, by a reflex action, to be better.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Dick's actions were reflex.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
It's just a natural reflex action.
"General Bramble" by André Maurois
Which of these two "stunts" is more like reflex action, and how, nevertheless, does it differ from true reflex action?
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
And going for my gun seemed almost a reflex action.
"Stamped Caution" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
There appears also to be a specific action of lowering the reflex excitability of the spinal cord.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

Only the Lord can understand
When those first pangs begin,
How much is reflex action and
How much is really sin.
"The Comforters" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Label companies take reflexive action There's nothing wrong with a bit of consolidation now and then.
It's not deliberate — it's a reflex action.
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In science:

Thus, these agents (whose functional architecture and formalization in the form of UML class diagram are proposed in Figures 5.a and 5.b) may perform reflex actions, routine actions, or creative and cooperative actions in new situations.
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
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