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atony

[ at-n-ee ]
/ ˈæt n i /
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noun
Pathology. lack of tone or energy; muscular weakness, especially in a contractile organ.
Phonetics. lack of stress accent.
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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 atony

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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Medical definitions for atony

atony
[ ătə-nē, ătn-ē ]

n.
Lack of normal tone or tension; flaccidity.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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