from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A reflex contraction of the quadriceps muscle resulting in a sudden involuntary extension of the leg, produced by a sharp tap to the tendon below the patella; patellar reflex.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of knee-jerk.
  • n. Alternative spelling of knee-jerk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A jerk or forward kick of the lower part of the leg produced by a blow or sudden strain upon the patellar tendon of the knee, which causes a sudden contraction of the quadriceps muscle; the patellar reflex.
  • n. emotional and predictable; -- of certain people and their reactions to events.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon


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