Definition of tonus in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊnəs


[mass noun]
  • The constant low-level activity of a body tissue, especially muscle tone: increased tonus of the muscles about the eye
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    • Also, subjacent vascular smooth muscle cells increase their tonus.
    • Since then, I have always remembered the side effects of fentanyl, particularly the increase in sphincter tonus, and all my junior colleagues hear a ‘short lecture’ from me on the subject.
    • Upper airway patency during sleep is determined, in part, by the tonus of pharyngeal dilator muscles.


late 19th century: from Latin, from Greek tonos 'tension'.

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