rapid eye movement


Definition of rapid eye movement

: a rapid conjugate movement of the eyes associated especially with REM sleep

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Alcohol suppresses the critical phase of sleep known as rapid eye movement (REM), when dreams fire up. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 Nightmares occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Nitun Verma, SELF, "What's the Difference Between Nightmares and Sleep Terrors?," 3 Nov. 2017 Other theories that have been put forth to explain the perception of motion, include the idea that tiny rapid eye movements cause so many slightly different images to be passed to the visual cortex at once that the brain gets confused. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Inside the Mind-Bending World of the Museum of Illusions," 3 Nov. 2017 To sleep scientists, dreaming is the neurological process that happens when our minds enter rapid eye movement (REM) sleep Susie Neilson, The Cut, "We’re in a ‘Dream Deprivation’ Epidemic," 17 Oct. 2017

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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rapid eye movement

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Medical Definition of rapid eye movement

: a rapid conjugate movement of the eyes associated especially with REM sleep

called also REM

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