stretch reflex

noun

Medical Definition of stretch reflex

: a spinal reflex involving reflex contraction of a muscle in response to stretching

called also myotatic reflex

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“Stretch reflex.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/stretch%20reflex. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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