Definition of “flexor” - English Dictionary

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“flexor” in British English

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flexornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈflek.sər/ us /ˈflek.sɚ/ specialized

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  • In the first instance, for example, the flexors of the carpus and the superior check ligament assisted by the flexors of the phalanges constitute the inhibitory apparatus. 
  • On the front and inside of the forearm are the flexors, which bend the hand, the wrist, and the fingers. 
  • The muscles which bend the limbs are called flexors while those which straighten them are known as extensors. 
  • This darkening is most marked in situations normally pigmented and in parts exposed to pressure of the clothes, such as the neck, axilla, and inner aspect of the arms, the extensor aspects being less marked than the flexor. 
  • Thus the biceps serves as one of the antagonists to the triceps, and the various flexors and extensors of the limbs are antagonistic to one another. 

(Definition of “flexor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“flexor” in American English

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flexornoun [ C ]

/ˈflek·sər/

biology a muscle that allows you to bend part of your body

(Definition of “flexor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)