- Grammar. an unaccented word, syllable, or sound.
Origin of atonic
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Firstly, they are of use in simple debility and in atonic dyspepsia.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
During the periods of calm, on the contrary, the left side also is atonic.Pedagogical Anthropology
An excellent medicine in chlorosis, hysteria, and atonic amenorrha.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
In general terms it may be said that all conditions of depressed vitality predispose to the varied forms of atonic dyspepsia.
Exhaustion of the nerves of organic life strongly predisposes to the atonic forms of dyspepsia.
- (of a syllable, word, etc) carrying no stress; unaccented
- pathol lacking body or muscle tone
- an unaccented or unstressed syllable, word, etc, such as for in food for thought
C18: from Latin atonicus, from Greek atonos lacking tone; see atony
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- Relating to, caused by, or exhibiting lack of muscle tone.
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