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rectocardiac reflex


Definition: a parasympathetic reflex producing bradycardia and hypotension on stimulation of the pelvic nerve, the afferent limb being the sacral outflow of the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system, and the efferent limb, the cardiac vagus; said to accompany proctologic examinations.

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