labyrinthine righting reflex


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labyrinthine righting reflex

A reflex, esp. a postural reflex, resulting from stimulation of receptors in the semicircular ducts, utricle, and saccule of the inner ear. This reflex helps orient the head in space and to the rest of the body.
Synonym: kinetic reflex; optical righting reflex; tonic labyrinthine reflex
See also: reflex

labyrinthine

pertaining to or emanating from a labyrinth.

labyrinthine responses
include righting and placing reflexes and nystagmus.
labyrinthine righting reflex
the reflex which coordinates body movements so that a cat dropped from a height with its belly uppermost will rotate in flight so that its belly is closest to the ground.