clonus

noun
clo·​nus | \ ˈklō-nəs How to pronounce clonus (audio) \

Definition of clonus

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

Other Words from clonus

clonic \ ˈklä-​nik How to pronounce clonus (audio) \ adjective
clonicity \ klō-​ˈni-​sə-​tē How to pronounce clonus (audio) , klä-​ \ noun

First Known Use of clonus

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clonus

New Latin, from Greek klonos agitation — more at hold

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“Clonus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clonus. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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clonus

noun
clo·​nus | \ ˈklō-nəs How to pronounce clonus (audio) \

Medical Definition of clonus

: a series of alternating contractions and partial relaxations of a muscle that in some diseases of the central nervous system 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 sense 2

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