Definition of myoclonus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmʌɪə(ʊ)ˈkləʊnəs/


[mass noun] Medicine
Spasmodic jerky contraction of groups of muscles.
Example sentences
  • The acute effects are coma, myoclonus and bradycardia, which generally resolve rapidly without complication.
  • In particular, there is potential for a neurotoxic metabolite, normeperidine, to accumulate and cause seizures, myoclonus and tremors.
  • Reported neurological manifestations have included tremor, myoclonus, hyperreflexia, ankle clonus, muscle rigidity, ataxia and incoordination.



Example sentences
  • When the myoclonic jerks are unilateral, a more serious condition is often suspected and the diagnosis of benign sleep myoclonus may not be considered.
  • Seizures are present in up to 25 percent of patients and may be generalized, focal, myoclonic jerking, or movement induced.
  • During a juvenile myoclonic epileptic seizure, the hands, arms or whole body will start jerking, but the person doesn't lose consciousness or awareness.
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