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Muscle hypertonia

Definition

noun

A condition in which there is an excessive stiffness, tension and spasticity of the muscle resulting in a reduced ability of the muscle to stretch.


Supplement

This condition is a feature common in cerebral palsy.

Word origin: hyper (over, above) + tonia » Greek tónos (tone).

Compare: hypotonia.

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