Definition: any of various simple, stereotypic, automatic neuromuscular responses characteristic of the mature fetus and newborn but typically inhibited during the first year of life; primitive reflexes are directed by brainstem centers and include the startle (Moro), rooting, and tonic neck reflexes; abnormal persistence can lead to clumsiness, incoordination, and perceptual difficulties.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review date: Sep 19, 2016.
Search Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.