from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden twitching of muscles or parts of muscles, without any rhythm or pattern, occurring in various brain disorders.
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- n. The brief, involuntary twitching of a muscle or group of muscles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the extremities and, less frequently, of the back.
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- n. a clonic spasm of a muscle or muscle group
Once called myoclonus, PLMS causes you to involuntarily flex and extend your legs while sleeping - without being aware you're doing it.
When Liz runs the nocturnal myoclonus leg wires, the banker has an erection.
And once again, I deeply and sincerely apologize for having had the impertinence to permit my myoclonus and fasciculations and other neurological symptoms of Lyme to resolve in a manner and through a physician that didn't meet with your express approval.
I do know that within a week of starting his regimen, the myoclonus, fasciculations and word reversals noticeably diminished.
This particular doctor is a fancy Park Ave ID guy who had lots of patients with country homes, and so he listened to my story about the myoclonus and the lancinating pains and immediately diagnosed Lyme.
Now I realize it might have been startle myoclonus.
Weight gain and skin rash, myoclonus, and hypomania 207 also may be problems for some patients.
Coarse tremors, ataxia, and myoclonus can occur after ingestion of toxic amounts of these compounds.
Some patients have an idiosyncratic response to cyclic antidepressants that are potent serotonin uptake blockers e.g., fluoxetine and develop a syndrome characterized by restlessness, hyperreflexia, myoclonus, insomnia, diaphoresis, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
Tricyclic antidepressant poisoning: Reversal of coma, choreoathetosis, and myoclonus by physostigmine.