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patellar reflex

noun
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Origin of patellar reflex
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • The patient suffers severely from neuritis, and there may be early loss of patellar reflex.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  • Salivation is insufficient, the patellar reflex intermittent.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I asked what the patellar reflex was, and the doc had Pete sit and cross his legs, and explained.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
patellar reflex in Medicine

patellar reflex n.
A reflex contraction of the quadriceps muscle resulting in a sudden involuntary extension of the leg, produced by a sharp tap to the tendon below the patella. Also called knee jerk, knee-jerk reflex, knee reflex, quadriceps reflex.

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