Most people know something of what is meant by reflex action.
reflex action hurled him back, his hand out of range of the ray.
And the response to them on the part of the mind is in some respects almost comparable to reflex action.
The dual influence crossing had to produce some kind of reflex action.
His thought had cost him a soaking and the reflex action of his thought was strongly in evidence during the balance of our watch.
Nor can this be without its reflex action upon the mind of the child.
The belief had its reflex action, doing something to calm her.
It cannot be said that these first studies of reflex action did much for physiology.
The torrent of bitter words she had poured on Elaine was the reflex action of that sudden realisation.
Surely, all of that does not come under the heading of reflex action; and if it does, what of it?
c.1500, "reflection of light," from verb reflex meaning "refract, deflect" (late 14c.), from Late Latin reflexus "a bending back," noun use of past participle of reflectere (see reflection). Meaning "involuntary nerve stimulation" first recorded 1877, from reflex action (1833).
reflex re·flex (rē'flěks')
An involuntary physiological response to a stimulus.
An unlearned or instinctive response to a stimulus.
Something, such as light or heat, that is reflected.
Being an involuntary action or response, such as a sneeze, blink, or hiccup.
Bent, turned, or thrown back; reflected.
To cause to undergo a reflex process.
An action or movement not controlled by conscious thought. A reflex may be anything from a hiccup to the involuntary response of a body part, such as the action that occurs in the knee-jerk reflex.