body-righting reflex

body-righting reflex

[′bäd·ē ‚rīd·iŋ ′rē‚fleks]
(physiology)
A postural reflex, initiated by the asymmetric stimulation of the body surface by the weight of the body, so that the head tends to assume a horizontal position.
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