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contraction in a muscle is accompanied by a loss of tone or by relaxation in the antagonistic muscle.
Synonym(s): reciprocal inhibition (1)
Innervation of muscles, as around a joint, in which contraction of one set of muscles leads to the relaxation of opposing muscles.
See also: innervation
reciprocal innervationThe reduction in nerve impulses to the antagonists of muscles that are contracting to cause movement.
1. the distribution or supply of nerves to a part.
2. the supply of nervous energy or of nerve stimulation sent to a part.
the innervation of antagonistic muscles such that when one muscle is excited its antagonist is inhibited.