reflex hammer


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reflex hammer

n.
A small, rubber-headed hammer used in medical examination or diagnosis primarily for percussion of nerves to elicit reflexes. Also called plexor.

reflex hammer

Etymology: L, reflectere, to bend back; AS, hamer
a percussion mallet with a rubber head used to tap tendons, nerves, or muscles to elicit reflex reactions.

reflex hammer

A hammer used for tapping body parts such as a muscle, tendon, or nerve in order to test nerve function.
See also: hammer
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The neurological examination assesses muscle tone (floppy or rigid), the tendon-jerk response to a reflex hammer, the range of motion of joints, coordination, responses to sensory stimula such as a pin prick, eye and tongue functioning, facial movements, and swallowing; and helps to determine asymmetry and other variations from what would be considered normal development.
Of reusable products we ask for, inter alia, blood pressure cuffs, flashlights, digital thermometers, stethoscopes and reflex hammer.
Although medical students are still taught how to use stethoscopes and reflex hammers to perform a physical exam, those skills are never fully developed.