- 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 (including the spongiform encephalopathies). Myoclonic jerks on falling asleep (nocturnal myoclonus) occur in normal individuals.Derivatives:myoclonic adj.
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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 — 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 … New Collegiate 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