Clonus

Definition

noun

A form of rapid succession of contractions and relaxations of a muscle after a forced passive muscle stretch


Supplement

Clonus may be caused by neurologic conditions and usually linked to upper motor pathologic conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage or liver encephalopathy.


Word origin: Greek klonos (violent, confused motion)

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