Tonic Ton"ic, a. [Cf. F. tonigue, Gr. ?. See {Tone}.] 1. Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (Phon.), applied to, or distingshing, a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, such sounds, namely, the vowels and diphthongs, being so called by Dr. James Rush (1833) `` from their forming the purest and most plastic material of intonation.'' [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to tension; increasing tension; hence, increasing strength; as, tonic power. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) Increasing strength, or the tone of the animal system; obviating the effects of debility, and restoring healthy functions. [1913 Webster]

4. (Med.) Characterized by continuous muscular contraction; as, tonic convulsions. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Tonic spasm}. (Med.) See the Note under {Spasm}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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