reflexes in which utricular receptors in the vestibular apparatus sense changes in the head's position in space in terms of linear acceleration and the earth's gravitational field while receptors in the neck muscles sense changes in the position of the head relative to the trunk; input from these receptors reflexively controls the tone of the limb muscles to maintain or regain the desired posture.
Synonym(s): attitudinal reflexes
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Reflexes that control the tone of the limb muscles to maintain or regain a desired body position.
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