[ ih-lek-trot-n-uhs, ee-lek- ]

  1. the altered state of a nerve during the passage of an electric current through it.

Origin of electrotonus

From New Latin, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at electro-, tonus

Other words from electrotonus

  • e·lec·tro·ton·ic [ih-lek-truh-ton-ik], /ɪˌlɛk trəˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby electrotonus

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British Dictionary definitions for electrotonus


/ (ɪlɛkˈtrɒtənəs, ˌiːlɛk-) /

  1. physiol the change in the state of irritability and conductivity of a nerve or muscle caused by the passage of an electric current

Origin of electrotonus

C19: from New Latin, from electro- + Latin tonus tone

Derived forms of electrotonus

  • electrotonic (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈtɒnɪk), adjective

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