Rooting reflex
A reflex seen in newborn babies, who automatically turn their face toward the stimulus and make sucking (rooting) motions with the mouth when the cheek or lip is touched. The rooting reflex helps to ensure breastfeeding.

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a primitive reflex present in newborn babies: if the cheek is stroked near the mouth, the infant will turn its head to the same side to suckle.

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a reflex seen normally in newborns, in which stimulation of the side of the cheek or the upper or lower lip causes the infant to turn the mouth and face to the stimulus. In older persons it indicates pathology.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • rooting reflex — noun reflex consisting of head turning and sucking movements elicited in a normal infant by gently stroking the side of the mouth or cheek • Hypernyms: ↑reflex, ↑reflex response, ↑reflex action, ↑instinctive reflex, ↑innate reflex, ↑inborn reflex …   Useful english dictionary

  • rooting reflex — noun a reflex in infants in which the head is turned towards any stimulus; used to find the nipple …   Wiktionary

  • rooting reflex — a primitive reflex present in newborn babies: if the cheek is stroked near the mouth, the infant will turn its head to the same side to suckle …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • rooting reflex — /ˈrutɪŋ riflɛks/ (say roohting reefleks) noun the feeding reflex in newborn babies which causes them to turn, with mouth open wide, towards whatever touches the cheek …   Australian English dictionary

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  • reflex action — noun an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus • Syn: ↑reflex, ↑reflex response, ↑instinctive reflex, ↑innate reflex, ↑inborn reflex, ↑unconditioned reflex, ↑physiological reaction …   Useful english dictionary

  • reflex response — noun an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus • Syn: ↑reflex, ↑reflex action, ↑instinctive reflex, ↑innate reflex, ↑inborn reflex, ↑unconditioned reflex, ↑physiological reaction …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Reflex — For other uses, see Reflex (disambiguation). A reflex action, also known as a reflex, is an involuntary and nearly instantaneous movement in response to a stimulus.[1] A true reflex is a behavior which is mediated via the reflex arc; this does… …   Wikipedia

  • Rooting — Als frühkindlicher bzw. primitiver Reflex oder Primitivreflex, engl.: neonatal reflex, wird in der Medizin ein typisches und reproduzierbares Reaktionsmuster auf gezielte äußere Reize bezeichnet. Diese Reflexe laufen ohne Beteiligung des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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