atony

atony

[at-n-ee]
noun
1.
Pathology. lack of tone or energy; muscular weakness, especially in a contractile organ.
2.
Phonetics. lack of stress accent.
Also, atonia [uh-toh-nee-uh, ey-toh-] .


Origin:
1685–95; < Late Latin atonia < Greek, derivative of átonos unaccented, languid, literally, toneless. See a-6, tone

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atony (ˈætənɪ)
 
n
1.  pathol lack of normal tone or tension, as in muscles; abnormal relaxation of a muscle
2.  phonetics lack of stress or accent on a syllable or word
 
[C17: from Latin atonia, from Greek: tonelessness, from atonos slack, from a-1 + tonostone]

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atony at·o·ny (āt'ə-nē, āt'n-ē) or a·to·ni·a (ā-tō'nē-ə)
n.
Lack of normal tone or tension; flaccidity.

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