clonus

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noun clo·nus \ˈklō-nəs\

Definition of clonus

  1. :  a rapid succession of alternating contractions and partial relaxations of a muscle occurring in some nervous diseases

clonic

play \ˈklä-nik\ adjective

clonicity

play \klō-ˈni-sə-tē, klä-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of clonus

New Latin, from Greek klonos agitation — more at hold


Medical Dictionary

clonus

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noun clo·nus \ˈklō-nəs\

Medical Definition of clonus

  1. :  a series of alternating contractions and partial relaxations of a muscle that in some diseases of the central nervous sytem 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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