periosteal reflex

per·i·os·te·al re·flex

reflex muscle contraction mistakenly assumed to result from tapping various long bones; the term is a misnomer because these are actually deep tendon reflexes, in that the bone itself has no receptors to initiate such muscle action.

per·i·os·te·al re·flex

(perē-ostē-ăl rēfleks)
Reflex muscle contraction mistakenly assumed to result from tapping various long bones; misnomer because these are actually deep tendon reflexes, in that bone itself has no receptors to initiate such muscle action.