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startle reflex

startle reflex in Medicine

startle reflex n.

  1. The reflex response of an infant in which the limb and neck muscles contract when the infant is allowed to drop a short distance or is startled by a sudden noise or jolt. Also called Moro's reflex, parachute reflex.

  2. See cochleopalpebral reflex.

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