Tonic spasm
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]


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  • tonic spasm — Med. See under spasm (def. 1). [1825 35] * * * tonic spasm noun (medicine) A prolonged uniform muscular spasm, opp to clonic spasm or clonus • • • Main Entry: ↑tonic * * * tonic spasm, a prolonged contraction of a muscle or muscles without… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tonic spasm — Med. See under spasm (def. 1). [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • Spasm — Spasm, n. [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. ?, from ?, ?, to draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. {Span}, v. t.] 1. (Med.) An involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers. [1913 Webster] Note: Spasm are usually either… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spasm of the chest — Spasm Spasm, n. [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. ?, from ?, ?, to draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. {Span}, v. t.] 1. (Med.) An involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers. [1913 Webster] Note: Spasm are usually either …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spasm — [spaz′əm] n. [ME spasme < MFr < L spasmus < Gr spasmos < span, to draw, pull, wrench: see SPAN1] 1. a sudden, convulsive, involuntary muscular contraction: a tonic spasm is persistent and sustained, and a clonic spasm is one of a… …   English World dictionary

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  • tonic — tonically, adv. /ton ik/, n. 1. a medicine that invigorates or strengthens: a tonic of sulphur and molasses. 2. anything invigorating physically, mentally, or morally: His cheerful greeting was a real tonic. 3. See quinine water. 4. Music. the… …   Universalium

  • tonic — n. & adj. n. 1 an invigorating medicine. 2 anything serving to invigorate. 3 = tonic water. 4 Mus. the first degree of a scale, forming the keynote of a piece (see KEYNOTE 3). adj. 1 serving as a tonic; invigorating. 2 Mus. denoting the first… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tonic — /ˈtɒnɪk / (say tonik) noun 1. a medicine that invigorates or strengthens. 2. anything invigorating physically, mentally, or morally. 3. anyone who lifts the spirits. 4. Music the first degree of the scale; the keynote. 5. Colloquial tonic water:… …   Australian English dictionary

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