gag reflex

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gag reflex n.
Retching or gagging caused by the contact of a foreign body with the mucous membrane of the throat.

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gag reflex

noun
normal reflex consisting of retching; may be produced by touching the soft palate in the back of the mouth [syn: pharyngeal reflex
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