babinskis reflex

Babinski's reflex

[buh-bin-skeez]
noun
a reflex extension of the great toe with flexion of the other toes, evoked by stroking the sole of the foot: normal in infants but otherwise denoting central nervous system damage.
Also, Babinski reflex.
Compare plantar reflex.


Origin:
named after J. F. F. Babinski (died 1932), French neurologist

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Babinski's reflex Ba·bin·ski's reflex (bə-bĭn'skēz)
n.
An extension of the great toe, sometimes with fanning of the other toes, in response to stroking of the sole of the foot. It is a normal reflex in infants, but is associated with a disturbance of the pyramidal tract in children and adults. Also called Babinski's sign, toe reflex.

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