alarm reaction


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alarm reaction

[ə′lärm rē′ak·shən]
(biology)
The sum of all nonspecific phenomena which are elicited by sudden exposure to stimuli, which affect large portions of the body, and to which the organism is quantitatively or qualitatively not adapted.
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If this appears to be the case, the assessor can explain that trying to suppress or ignore emotional and bodily alarm reactions such as anger or craving for substances is an understandable attempt to cope with these reactions that provides short-term relief (i.
The alarm acknowledgment task required operators to respond to alarms as soon as possible by canceling them (clicking on the annunciator button) in order to provide a measure of alarm reaction time (ART).
2) The alarm reaction produces physiological changes, known collectively as "fight-or-flight" syndrome, in response to an emergency.