reciprocal has definitions from the fields of mathematics,biology,sexuality
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[ adjective ] concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return;

Synonyms

mutual

Examples

"reciprocal aid" "reciprocal trade" "reciprocal respect" "reciprocal privileges at other clubs"

Used in print

(E. Gellhorn, "Prolegomena to a theory of the emotions"...)

Moreover , the dominance in parasympathetic action ( with reciprocal inhibition of the sympathetic ) at the hypothalamic level induces , by its peripheral action , the autonomic symptoms of sleep and , by its action on the cortex , a lessening in the reactivity of the sensory and motor apparatus of the somatic nervous_system .

He then applied this principle of reciprocal inhibition to human neuroses .

For the interpretation of these significant investigations , it should be remembered that reciprocal relations exist in the hypothalamus with respect to autonomic and somatic functions which are closely associated with the emotions .

The feeding pain antagonism seems to be based on this reciprocal relation between the tropho - and ergotropic systems .

We stressed the reciprocal relation of these systems with respect to the autonomic somatic downward discharge as_well_as regarding the hypothalamic cortical discharge .

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[ noun ] (mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the multiplicative inverse of 7 is 1/7

Related terms

inverse mathematics

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[ noun ] (biology,sexuality) hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype

Synonyms

reciprocal_cross

Related terms

hybridization

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[ noun ] something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else

Examples

"risk is the reciprocal of safety"

Related terms

reciprocality

5
[ adjective ] of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function

Examples

"the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a"

Related terms

inverse

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[ adjective ] of or relating to or suggestive of complementation

Examples

"interchangeable electric outlets"

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[ noun ] (math) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the inverse of 7 is 1/7

Synonyms

inverse opposite

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