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Medical Term:

Kernig sign

Pronunciation: ker'nig


with the patient supine, and the thighs and knees flexed, the legs cannot be passively extended at the knees; a sign of meningeal irritation, specifically, involuntary contraction of the hamstring muscles due to irritation of the nerve roots supplying them.

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