- Pathology. lack of tone or energy; muscular weakness, especially in a contractile organ.
- Phonetics. lack of stress accent.
Also a·to·ni·a [uh-toh-nee-uh, ey-toh-] /əˈtoʊ ni ə, eɪˈtoʊ-/.
Origin of atony
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As for myself, I have not got rid of my atony—for such is my illness.
The last writer especially distinguishes clearly between dilatation due to stenosis and that due to atony.
Atony of the muscular walls of the stomach may be a part of general muscular weakness and impaired nutrition.
The muscle of the bowel is in a state of fatty degeneration, and atony and dilatation of the gut follow.
His nerve-principle was supposed to produce spasms and atony, either actively or passively.An Epitome of the History of Medicine
- pathol lack of normal tone or tension, as in muscles; abnormal relaxation of a muscle
- phonetics lack of stress or accent on a syllable or word
C17: from Latin atonia, from Greek: tonelessness, from atonos slack, from a- 1 + tonos tone
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- Lack of normal tone or tension; flaccidity.
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