Babinski reflex

noun
Ba·​bin·​ski reflex | \ bə-ˈbin(t)-skē- How to pronounce Babinski reflex (audio) \
variants: or Babinski sign or less commonly Babinski's reflex \ bə-​ˈbin(t)-​skēz-​ How to pronounce Babinski's reflex (audio) \ or Babinski's sign

Definition of Babinski reflex

: a reflex movement in which when the sole is tickled the big toe turns upward instead of downward and which is normal in infancy but indicates damage to the central nervous system (as in the pyramidal tracts) later in life

First Known Use of Babinski reflex

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Babinski reflex

J. F. F. Babinski †1932 French neurologist

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“Babinski reflex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Babinski%20reflex. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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Babinski reflex

noun
Ba·​bin·​ski reflex | \ bə-ˌbin-skē- How to pronounce Babinski reflex (audio) \
variants: also Babinski's reflex \ -​skēz-​ How to pronounce Babinski's reflex (audio) \

Medical Definition of Babinski reflex

: a reflex movement in which when the sole is tickled the great toe turns upward instead of downward and which is normal in infancy but indicates damage to the central nervous system (as in the pyramidal tracts) when occurring later in life

called also Babinski, Babinski sign, Babinski's sign

— compare plantar reflex

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