plantar reflex


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plantar reflex

[′plan·tər ′rē‚fleks]
(physiology)
Flexion of the toes in response to stroking of the outer surface of the sole, from heel to little toe.
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It is now widely accepted that the inversion of the normal cutaneous plantar reflex (i.
The plantar reflex had been observed in paralyzed animals since Czech anatomist and physiologist Jiri Prochaska's early experiments in 1784 and had been interpreted as a spinal reflex by physiologist Marshall Hall and Brigham in the 1840s (1-3).
In the text of my article, I have spoken of Babinski and the plantar reflex and have outlined some of "Babinki's own observations" on the plantar response in various conditions including a disturbance of the pyramidal system.