a series of muscle spasms induced by sudden stretching or certain nervous diseases
Origin of clonusModern Latin ; from Classical Greek klonos, turmoil ; from kelomai, to start, impel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kel- from source hold, ; from Classical Latin celer, swift
An abnormality in neuromuscular activity characterized by rapidly alternating muscular contraction and relaxation.
Origin of clonusNew Latin, from Greek klonos, turmoil.
- clo·nic′i·ty , clo′nism
Latin, from Greek κλονος ‘turmoil’.