atonic

[uh-ton-ik, ey-ton-]

adjective

Phonetics.
  1. unaccented.
  2. Obsolete.voiceless.
Pathology. characterized by atony.

noun

Grammar. an unaccented word, syllable, or sound.

Nearby words

  1. atonality,
  2. atone,
  3. atonement,
  4. atonement, day of,
  5. atonia,
  6. atonic bladder,
  7. atonicity,
  8. atony,
  9. atop,
  10. atopen

Origin of atonic

1720–30; a-6 + tonic; in pathology sense, aton(y) + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for atonic

atonic

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 Formsatonicity (ˌætəˈnɪsɪtɪ, ˌeɪtəʊ-), noun

Word Origin for atonic

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

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Medicine definitions for atonic

atonic

[ā-tŏnĭk]

adj.

Relating to, caused by, or exhibiting lack of muscle tone.
Related formsat′o•nici•ty (ăt′ə-nĭsĭ-tē, ăt′n-ĭs-) n.


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