[ dis-toh-nee-uh ]
/ dɪsˈtoʊ ni ə /

noun Pathology.

abnormal tone of any tissue.

Origin of dystonia

Related forms

dys·ton·ic [dis-ton-ik] /dɪsˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dystonia


/ (dɪsˈtəʊnɪə) /


a neurological disorder, caused by disease of the basal ganglia, in which the muscles of the trunk, shoulders, and neck go into spasm, so that the head and limbs are held in unnatural positions

Word Origin for dystonia

from dys- + -tonia from Greek tonos tension, from teinen to stretch
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Medicine definitions for dystonia


[ dĭs-tōnē-ə ]


Abnormal tonicity of tissue.

Related forms

dys•tonic (-tŏnĭk) adj.
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