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[ hahy-per-toh-nee-uh ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈtoʊ ni ə /

noun Pathology.

increased rigidity, tension, and spasticity of the muscles.

Nearby words

hyperthymia, hyperthymism, hyperthyroid, hyperthyroidism, hyperthyroxinemia, hypertonia, hypertonic, hypertrichosis, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertrophic arthritis, hypertrophic gastritis

Origin of hypertonia

First recorded in 1835–45; hyper- + -tonia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for hypertonia


[ hī′pər-tōnē-ə ]


Extreme tension of the muscles or arteries.
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