Muscular defense

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Muscular defense is a reflex of the abdominal muscles to contract upon mechanical force to the abdomen, and serves as protection.

It is a visceromotor reflex, since the parietal peritoneum and viscera are involved in generating the reflex.[1]


  1. ^ A. V. Livshits. The receptor field of reflex contraction of the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall in man. Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine. Volume 57, Number 4 / April, 1964