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- n. The act of reflexing; the state of being retroflexed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of reflexing; the state of being retroflexed. Cf. retroversion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an articulatory gesture made by turning the tip of the tongue back against the roof of the mouth
- n. the act of bending backward
- n. a turning or tilting backward of an organ or body part
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Just like, a certain gentleman I know is still called "Churik", retroflexion of his high school beau's name.
But thinking about it, given that the retroflexion isn't something that most Balanda are going to manage, for non-Bardi speakers the r is going to actually non-pointlessly lengthen the vowel, which is probably better than nothing, dontcha reckon?
An extreme degree of anteversion or anteflexion, or retroversion or retroflexion, may interfere with impregnation, as the spermatozoa may find it difficult or impossible to reach the opening of the womb -- the external os.
If the womb is turned backwards, the condition is called _retroversion_; if it is bent or flexed backward upon itself the condition is called _retroflexion_.
Examination showed tumid and elongated nymphæ, with brown pigmentation; rather large vagina, with rudimentary hymen; and retroflexion of uterus.
-- Anteversion, anteflexion, retroversion, retroflexion, and the various other forms of displacement, are due to very much the same causes as those which give rise to prolapsus, and the symptoms are also very much the same.
The most common causes are chronic congestion of the womb, prolap - sus, retroversion or retroflexion, inflammation of the ovaries, self-abuse and other sexual excesses, abortion, and the employment of means to prevent conception.
The most common forms of displacement resulting from self-abuse, are retroflexion and retroversion, which are usually accompanied by congestion and enlargement of the womb, catarrh of the lining membrane of the womb, and relaxation of the vagina.
If retroflexion is due to a chronic enlargement of the uterus, caused by abortion or parturition, the patient suffers from an immoderate menstrual flow.
The prominent symptoms of retroflexion of the uterus are a sense of weight in the region of the rectum, difficulty in evacuating the bowels, and, sometimes a retention of the feces.
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