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Definition of Rooting reflex

Rooting reflex: A reflex that is seen in normal newborn babies, who automatically turn the face toward the stimulus and make sucking (rooting) motions with the mouth when the cheek or lip is touched. The rooting reflex helps to ensure successful breastfeeding.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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