fight-or-flight response


fight-or-flight response
/faɪt-ɔ-ˈflaɪt rəspɒns/ (say fuyt-aw-'fluyt ruhspons)

noun
the reaction to danger that animals experience when they are presented with two options, that of standing their ground or of running away, both of which trigger specific physiological changes such as increased respiration and blood pressure, release of adrenaline, etc.
{coined by US physiologist, Walter Cannon, in 1915}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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