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myoclonus

[mahy-ok-luh-nuh s] /maɪˈɒk lə nəs/
noun, Pathology.
1.
an abrupt spasm or twitch of a muscle or group of muscles, occurring in some neurological diseases.
Origin of myoclonus
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; myo- + clonus
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  • It is more especially the association of epilepsy with the ill-defined group of myoclonus that we propose to discuss.

  • According to Maurice Dide, myoclonus, which he calls motor petit mal, occurs in five per cent.

  • If several muscles are implicated, the condition is one of multiple myospasm or myoclonus.

  • The denominations "myoclonus," "muscular dystrophy," "degenerate," are alike inconvenient.

myoclonus in Medicine

myoclonus my·oc·lo·nus (mī-ŏk'lə-nəs)
n.
A sudden shocklike twitching of muscles or parts of muscles without any rhythm or pattern, occurring in various brain disorders.


my'o·clon'ic (mī'ə-klŏn'ĭk) adj.
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