atonic

[ uh-ton-ik, ey-ton- ]
/ əˈtɒn ɪk, eɪˈtɒn- /

adjective

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

noun

Grammar. an unaccented word, syllable, or sound.

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 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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