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Medical Term:

oculocephalic reflex


Definition: with the eyelids held open, abrupt passive rotation of the neck results in contralateral conjugate deviation of the eyes, whereas abrupt flexion of the neck results in conjugate upward deviation; in both instances, the eyes rapidly return to mid position (primary position), regardless of whether the head remains rotated or flexed.

Synonym(s): doll's eye response, doll's head phenomenon, doll's head response

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