myoclonus

noun
my·​oc·​lo·​nus | \ ˌmī-ˈä-klə-nəs How to pronounce myoclonus (audio) \

Definition of myoclonus

: irregular involuntary contraction of a muscle usually resulting from functional disorder of controlling motor neurons also : a condition characterized by myoclonus

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Other Words from myoclonus

myoclonic \ ˌmī-​ə-​ˈklä-​nik How to pronounce myoclonus (audio) \ adjective

Examples of myoclonus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frequent episodes of waking myoclonus can be caused by a disturbance of the brain or spinal cord from inflammation, infections or a toxic reaction to a drug. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2021 Doctors have since diagnosed him with central myoclonus, which causes involuntarily muscle twitches. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 15 Oct. 2019 Hiccups are a form of myoclonus, as are the sudden jerks or sleep starts experienced before falling asleep. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of myoclonus

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myoclonus

New Latin

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The first known use of myoclonus was in 1883

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“Myoclonus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myoclonus. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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myoclonus

noun
my·​oc·​lo·​nus | \ ˌmī-ˈäk-lə-nəs How to pronounce myoclonus (audio) \

Medical Definition of myoclonus

: irregular involuntary contraction of a muscle usually resulting from functional disorder of controlling motor neurons also : a condition characterized by myoclonus

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