atony

[ at-n-ee ]
/ ˈæt n i /

noun

Pathology. lack of tone or energy; muscular weakness, especially in a contractile organ.
Phonetics. lack of stress accent.

Nearby words

  1. atonement, day of,
  2. atonia,
  3. atonic,
  4. atonic bladder,
  5. atonicity,
  6. atop,
  7. atopen,
  8. atopic,
  9. atopic allergy,
  10. atopic cataract

Also a·to·ni·a [uh-toh-nee-uh, ey-toh-] /əˈtoʊ ni ə, eɪˈtoʊ-/.

Origin of atony

1685–95; < Late Latin atonia < Greek, derivative of átonos unaccented, languid, literally, toneless. See a-6, tone

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British Dictionary definitions for atonia

atony

/ (ˈætənɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for atony

C17: from Latin atonia, from Greek: tonelessness, from atonos slack, from a- 1 + tonos tone

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Medicine definitions for atonia

atony

[ ătə-nē, ătn-ē ]

n.

Lack of normal tone or tension; flaccidity.

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