myoclonus
noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1883 irregular involuntary contraction of a muscle usually resulting from functional disorder of controlling motor neurons; also a condition characterized by myoclonus • myoclonic adjective

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  • Myoclonus — Classification and external resources ICD 10 G25.3 ICD 9 333.2 …   Wikipedia

  • myoclonus — [mī äk′lə nəs] n. [ MYO + CLONUS] involuntary twitching or spasm of a muscle or muscles myoclonic [mī΄ō klän′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Myoclonus — A condition of abnormal contraction of muscles or portions of muscles. * * * One or a series of shock like contractions of a group of muscles, of variable regularity, synchrony, and symmetry, generally due to a central nervous system lesion. [myo …   Medical dictionary

  • myoclonus — n. a sudden spasm of the muscles. Occasional myoclonic jerks occur between seizures in patients with idiopathic epilepsy, and myoclonus is a major feature of some progressive neurological illnesses with extensive degeneration of the brain cells… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • myoclonus — /muy ok leuh neuhs/, n. Pathol. an abrupt spasm or twitch of a muscle or group of muscles, occurring in some neurological diseases. [1880 85; MYO + CLONUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • myoclonus — noun The brief, involuntary twitching of a muscle or group of muscles …   Wiktionary

  • myoclonus — n. muscular spasms (Pathology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • myoclonus — [ˌmʌɪə(ʊ) kləʊnəs] noun Medicine spasmodic jerky contraction of groups of muscles. Derivatives myoclonic adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • myoclonus — my·oc·lo·nus …   English syllables

  • myoclonus — my•oc•lo•nus [[t]maɪˈɒk lə nəs[/t]] n. pat an abrupt spasm or twitch of a muscle or muscles, occurring in some neurological diseases • Etymology: 1880–85 my•o•clon•ic ˌmaɪ əˈklɒn ɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

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