Tendon reflex
Tendon Ten"don, n. [F., fr. L. tendere to stretch, extend. See {Tend} to move.] (Anat.) A tough insensible cord, bundle, or band of fibrous connective tissue uniting a muscle with some other part; a sinew. [1913 Webster]

{Tendon reflex} (Physiol.), a kind of reflex act in which a muscle is made to contract by a blow upon its tendon. Its absence is generally a sign of disease. See {Knee jerk}, under {Knee}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Tendon — Ten don, n. [F., fr. L. tendere to stretch, extend. See {Tend} to move.] (Anat.) A tough insensible cord, bundle, or band of fibrous connective tissue uniting a muscle with some other part; a sinew. [1913 Webster] {Tendon reflex} (Physiol.), a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Reflex — A reaction that is involuntary. The corneal reflex is the blink that occurs with irritation of the eye. The nasal reflex is a sneeze. * * * 1. An involuntary reaction in response to a stimulus applied to the periphery and transmitted to the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Reflex arc — A reflex arc is a neural pathway that controls an action reflex. In higher animals, most sensory neurons do not pass directly into the brain, but synapse in the spinal cord. This characteristic allows reflex actions to occur relatively quickly by …   Wikipedia

  • tendon jerk — see under reflex …   Medical dictionary

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