flexor withdrawal reflex


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flexor withdrawal reflex

a common cutaneous reflex consisting of a widespread contraction of physiological flexor muscles and relaxation of physiological extensor muscles. It is characterized by abrupt withdrawal of a body part in response to painful or injurious stimuli. A relatively innocuous stimulation of the skin may result in a weak contraction of one or more flexor muscles and a minimal withdrawal reflex.

flexor withdrawal reflex

Flexion of a body part in response to a painful stimulus. Synonym: withdrawal reflex
See also: reflex