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atonic

[ uh-ton-ik, ey-ton- ]
/ əˈtɒn ɪk, eɪˈtɒn- /
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adjective
Phonetics.
  1. unaccented.
  2. Obsolete. voiceless.
Pathology. characterized by atony.
noun
Grammar. an unaccented word, syllable, or sound.
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Origin of atonic

1720–30; a-6 + tonic; in pathology sense, aton(y) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for atonic

atonic
/ (eɪˈtɒnɪk, æ-) /

adjective
(of a syllable, word, etc) carrying no stress; unaccented
pathol lacking body or muscle tone
noun
an unaccented or unstressed syllable, word, etc, such as for in food for thought

Derived forms of atonic

atonicity (ˌætəˈnɪsɪtɪ, ˌeɪtəʊ-), noun

Word Origin for atonic

C18: from Latin atonicus, from Greek atonos lacking tone; see atony
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