clonus


clo·nus

noun \ˈklō-nəs\

Definition of CLONUS

:  a rapid succession of alternating contractions and partial relaxations of a muscle occurring in some nervous diseases
clon·ic \ˈklä-nik\ adjective
clo·nic·i·ty \klō-ˈni-sə-tē, klä-\ noun

Origin of CLONUS

New Latin, from Greek klonos agitation — more at hold
First Known Use: 1817

Rhymes with CLONUS

clo·nus

noun \ˈklō-nəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CLONUS

: a series of alternating contractions and partial relaxations of a muscle that in some nervous diseases occurs in the form of convulsive spasms involving complex groups of muscles and is believed to result from alteration of the normal pattern of motor neuron discharge—compare tonus 2

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