[ kloh-nuh s ]
/ ˈkloʊ nəs /
noun, plural clo·nus·es. Pathology.
a rapid succession of flexions and extensions of a group of muscles, usually signifying an affection of the brain or spinal cord.
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Origin of clonus
1810–20; < New Latin < Greek klónos turmoil
Words nearby clonus
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Example sentences from the Web for clonus
Clonic, klon′ik, adj. pertaining to clonus, with alternate convulsive contractions and relaxations of the muscles (of spasms)—opp.
British Dictionary definitions for clonus
/ (ˈkləʊnəs) /
a type of convulsion characterized by rapid contraction and relaxation of a muscle
Derived forms of clonusclonic (ˈklɒnɪk), adjectiveclonicity (klɒˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for clonus
C19: from New Latin, from Greek klonos turmoil
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Medical definitions for clonus
[ klō′nəs ]
n. pl. clo•nus•es
A form of movement marked by contractions and relaxations of a muscle, occurring in rapid succession, after forcible extension or flexion of a part.clonospasm
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