abdominal reflex


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ab·dom·i·nal re·flex

(ab-dom'i-năl rē'fleks)
Abdominal wall muscle contraction in response to stimulation of abdominal skin.
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abdominal reflex

Contraction of the muscles of the abdominal wall when the overlying skin is stimulated. Absence of this reflex indicates damage to the pyramidal tract.
See also: reflex
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abdominal reflex

A reflex muscular contraction caused by firmly stroking each side of the skin of the abdomen in turn with a blunt point. In the normal response the umbilicus moves slightly toward the side stroked.
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