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(typically of plant or animal structures) bent or curving downward or backward.‘a deflexed beak’
- ‘They have a thick, consistently inflexed flower stalk in contrast to the remaining members of Petunia, which have a thin, deflexed flower stalk in the fruiting state.’
- ‘One specimen appears to display a pathological condition on the fixed finger, which is strongly deflexed into a position unusual in the species, and has a bulbous swelling at the base of the finger.’
Early 19th century (earlier as deflex): from Latin deflexus bent away (past participle of deflectere) + -ed.
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