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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An abnormality in neuromuscular activity characterized by rapidly alternating muscular contraction and relaxation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, alternating contractions and relaxations of a muscle following one another in somewhat quick succession. See clonic spasm and ankle-clonus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A series of muscular contractions due to sudden stretching of the muscle, -- a sign of certain neuropathies.

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  • noun medicine a muscular spasm with regular contractions

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun convulsion characterized by alternating contractions and relaxations

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, from Greek klonos, turmoil.]

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Latin, from Greek κλονος ‘turmoil’.

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