aton·​ic (ˌ)ā-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce atonic (audio)
: characterized by atony
: uttered without accent or stress

Examples of atonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include absence seizures, atypical absence seizures, tonic-clonic seizures, atonic seizures, clonic seizures, tonic seizures, and myoclonic seizures. Patti Greco,, 18 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of atonic was in 1777

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“Atonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


: characterized by atony
an atonic bladder
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