rapid eye movement

rapid eye movement

noun
rapidly shifting, continuous movements of the eyes beneath closed lids during the stage of sleep characterized by dreaming.
Also called REM.


Origin:
1915–20

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rapid eye movement
 
n
REM movement of the eyeballs under closed eyelids during paradoxical sleep, which occurs while the sleeper is dreaming

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rapid eye movement n.

Abbr. REM The rapid periodic jerky movement of the eyes during certain stages of the sleep cycle when dreaming takes place.

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