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tonus

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noun to·nus \ˈtō-nəs\

Definition of tonus

  1. :  tone 9a; especially :  a state of partial contraction characteristic of normal muscle



Origin and Etymology of tonus

New Latin, from Latin, tension, tone


First Known Use: 1876

Rhymes with tonus


Medical Dictionary

tonus

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noun to·nus \ˈtō-nəs\

Medical Definition of tonus

  1. 1:  tone 2a

  2. 2:  a state of partial contraction that is characteristic of normal muscle, is maintained at least in part by a continuous bombardment of motor impulses originating reflexly, and serves to maintain body posture—called also muscle tone; compare clonus




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