- a combining form with the meaning “muscle tension, nerve tension,” as specified by the initial element (hypertonia); used also in the formation of words that denote more generally a personality type or personality disorder (catatonia; somatotonia).
Origin of -tonia
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- Degree or state of tonicity:myotonia.
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