rapid eye movement

noun

Definition of rapid eye movement

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

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Videos become background music for rapid eye movement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ric Ocasek of The Cars spoke candidly in our 1984 interview," 16 Sep. 2019 In a part of the mouse brainstem, cells studded with this receptor were active during wakefulness and quiet during deep (non–rapid eye movement) sleep, the researchers found. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "This genetic mutation makes people feel rested on just 6 hours of sleep," 28 Aug. 2019 What's more, participants who reported near-death episodes were also more likely to have a history of extreme and vivid sleep disturbances, referred to as REM sleep intrusion (REM is rapid eye movement). NBC News, "Can science explain what people see and feel during a near-death experience?," 29 June 2019 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 What's more, participants who reported near-death episodes were also more likely to have a history of extreme and vivid sleep disturbances, referred to as REM sleep intrusion (REM is rapid eye movement). NBC News, "Can science explain what people see and feel during a near-death experience?," 29 June 2019 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

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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rapid eye movement

noun
rap·​id eye movement | \ ˈrap-əd- How to pronounce rapid eye movement (audio) \

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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