front-tap reflex

(redirected from Gowers contraction)

front-·tap re·flex

contraction of the gastrocnemius muscle when the shin is struck.

front-tap reflex

in spinal irritability, contraction of the gastrocnemius muscle caused by a tap on the skin muscles of the extended leg.

front-tap reflex

Contraction of the gastrocnemius muscle when stretched muscles of the extended leg are percussed.
See also: reflex