from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A pathological condition in which slow, wave-like contractions pass from one end to the other of a muscle without locomotor effect.
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- noun medicine An
involuntary spontaneous quiveringof part of a muscle, insufficient to move a joint.
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This is one of the systemic reactions to the venom, called myokymia or fasciculations.
The more general systemic effects of a rattlesnake bite may manifest as nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, myokymia/fasciculation (the muscle ripple effect), perioral numbness (tissues around the mouth and the Novocain-like response), and a metallic taste.
She advised patients with eyelid myokymia to relax, get adequate sleep and cut down on caffeine and alcohol.