Defence Reflex

(1) a reaction of the autonomic nervous system to perceived threat; alarm reaction

(2) withdrawal reaction
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SOLDIER C: The Iraqi cannot see what is coming, so there would be no automatic defence reflex. The soldier pictured could also be pressing down on the Iraqi with his boot, rather than kicking him.
The lower limit of the compression zone can generally be determined by the limit of the zone of the defence reflexes, flexion of foot, leg or thigh by cutaneous stimulation.' Locating the problem so precisely made surgical intervention possible.

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