Synonyms for knee-jerk

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Sensibility, the knee-jerk, and plantar phenomena are normal.

Later the affected muscles become exquisitely tender, and then atrophy, while the knee-jerk or other reflex is lost.

The deep reflexes may also be altered, the knee-jerk being frequently absent on the affected side.

In some subjects the larger dose, 45 cubic centimeters, practically abolished the knee-jerk.

The presence or absence of the knee-jerk may be a most significant symptom to the physician.

WORD ORIGIN

patellar reflex, neurological phenomenon discovered and named 1876; the figurative use appeared soon after the phrase was coined.

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automatic

adjectivedone by habit
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