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  1. pharyngeal reflex, gag reflex(noun)

    normal reflex consisting of retching; may be produced by touching the soft palate in the back of the mouth


  1. gag reflex(Noun)

    A reflex contraction of the back of the throat, evoked by touching the soft palate.


  1. Pharyngeal reflex

    The pharyngeal reflex or gag reflex is a reflex contraction of the back of the throat, evoked by touching the roof of the mouth, the back of the tongue, the area around the tonsils and the back of the throat. It, along with other aero digestive reflexes such as reflexive pharyngeal swallowing, prevents something from entering the throat except as part of normal swallowing and helps prevent choking.

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