Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, tonic muscular spasm, bending the body forward, or in the opposite direction from opisthotonos. Also called episthotonos.
- n. Alternative form of emprosthotonus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A drawing of the body forward, in consequence of the spasmodic action of some of the muscles.
“Then, I presume it is not true, Coictier went on with rising hear, that gout is an internal eruption; that a shotwound may be healed by the outward application of a roasted mouse; that young blood, injected in suitable quantities, will restore youth to aged veins; it is not true that two and two make four, and that emprosthotonos follows upon opisthotonos?”
“According to the muscles involved, it is styled trismus, emprosthotonos, opisthotonos and pleuristhotonos.”
“Epileptic convulsions, as the emprosthotonos and opisthotonos, with the cramp of the calf of the leg, locked jaw, and other cataleptic fits, appear to originate from pain, as some of these patients scream aloud before the convulsion takes place; which seems at first to be an effort to relieve painful sensation, and afterwards an effort to prevent it.”
“The restlessness in some fevers is an almost perpetual exertion of this kind, excited to relieve some disagreeable sensations; the reciprocal opposite exertions of a wounded worm, the alternate emprosthotonos and opisthotonos of some spasmodic diseases, and the intervals of all convulsions, from whatever cause, seem to be owing to this circumstance of the laws of animation; that great or universal exertion cannot exist at the same time with great or universal sensation, though they can exist reciprocally; which is probably resolvable into the more general law, that the whole sensorial power being expended in one mode of exertion, there is none to spare for any other.”
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