abdominocardiac reflex


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ab·dom·i·no·car·di·ac re·flex

mechanical stimulation (usually distention) of abdominal viscera causing changes (usually a slowing) in the heart rate or the occurrence of extrasystoles.

abdominocardiac reflex

[-kär′dē·ək]
an immediate, involuntary response of the heart to stimulation of the abdominal viscera. The reflex is mediated through the vagus nerve.

abdominocardiac reflex

A change in heart rate, usually a slowing, resulting from mechanical stimulation of abdominal viscera.
See also: reflex

ab·dom·i·no·car·di·ac re·flex

(ab-domi-nō-kahrdē-ak rēfleks)
Mechanical stimulation (usually distention) of abdominal viscera causing changes (usually a slowing) in the heart rate or the occurrence of extrasystoles.