a reflex extension of the leg, caused by contraction of the quadriceps, resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon; patellar reflex.
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1. of or pertaining to a knee-jerk.
2. Informal.reacting according to a certain habitual manner; unthinking: a knee-jerk liberal.
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