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electrotonus

[ ih-lek-trot-n-uhs, ee-lek- ]
/ ɪ lɛkˈtrɒt n əs, ˌi lɛk- /
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noun Physiology.

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

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for electrotonus

electrotonus
/ (ɪlɛkˈtrɒtənəs, ˌiːlɛk-) /

noun

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

Derived forms of electrotonus

electrotonic (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈtɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for electrotonus

C19: from New Latin, from electro- + Latin tonus tone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for electrotonus

electrotonus
[ ĭ-lĕk′trŏtn-əs, ē′lĕk- ]

n.

Alteration in excitability and conductivity of a nerve or muscle during the passage of an electric current through it.

Other words from electrotonus

e•lec′tro•tonic (-trə-tŏnĭk) adj.
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