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electrotonus

[ih-lek-trot-n-uh s, ee-lek-] /ɪ lɛkˈtrɒt n əs, ˌi lɛk-/
noun, Physiology
1.
the altered state of a nerve during the passage of an electric current through it.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Neo-Latin; see electro-, tonus
Related forms
electrotonic
[ih-lek-truh-ton-ik] /ɪˌlɛk trəˈtɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for electrotonus

electrotonus

/ɪlɛkˈtrɒtənəs; ˌiːlɛk-/
noun
1.
(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
electrotonic (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈtɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from electro- + Latin tonustone
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electrotonus in Medicine

electrotonus e·lec·trot·o·nus (ĭ-lěk'trŏt'n-əs, ē'lěk-)
n.
Alteration in excitability and conductivity of a nerve or muscle during the passage of an electric current through it.


e·lec'tro·ton'ic (-trə-tŏn'ĭk) adj.
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