reflex arc
noun Date: 1882 the complete nervous path involved in a reflex

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • reflex arc — n the complete nervous path that is involved in a reflex * * * the nervous circuit involved in a reflex, being at its simplest a sensory nerve with a receptor, linked at a synapse in the brain or spinal cord with a motor nerve, which supplies a… …   Medical dictionary

  • reflex arc — n. Physiol. the entire nerve path involved in a reflex action …   English World 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

  • reflex arc — the nervous circuit involved in a reflex, being at its simplest a sensory nerve with a receptor, linked at a synapse in the brain or spinal cord with a motor nerve, which supplies a muscle or gland. In a simple reflex (such as the patellar… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • reflex arc — re′flex arc n. phl the nerve pathways followed by an impulse during a reflex • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • reflex arc — Physiol. the nerve pathways followed by an impulse during a reflex. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • reflex arc — noun The neural pathway that mediates a reflex …   Wiktionary

  • reflex arc — noun Physiology the nerve pathway involved in a reflex action …   English new terms dictionary

  • reflex arc — /riflɛks ˈak/ (say reefleks ahk) noun the path taken by neural impulses within the body from stimulus to reflex action …   Australian English dictionary

  • reflex arc — noun the neural path of a reflex • Hypernyms: ↑neural structure …   Useful english dictionary

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