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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.
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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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