Definition of Muscle tone

1. Noun. Normal tonicity of the muscles. "Exercise improves muscle tone"

Exact synonyms: Muscular Tonus
Generic synonyms: Tone, Tonicity, Tonus

Definition of Muscle tone

1. Noun. (physiology) The continuous and passive partial contraction of the muscles, which helps maintain posture. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Muscle Tone

muscle repositioning
muscle resection
muscle rigidity
muscle sense
muscle serum
muscle shirt
muscle shirts
muscle sound
muscle spasm
muscle spasticity
muscle spindle
muscle spindles
muscle strain
muscle system
muscle tension headache
muscle tone (current term)
muscle tonus
muscle up
muscle weakness
muscle woman
muscle women

Literary usage of Muscle tone

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1900)
"Stimulation of the lumbar cord gave, in consequence of the spreading of derived currents to the nerve roots, the artificial muscle tone. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"Professor Witmer, illustrating his remarks by numerous charts, discussed the differences in muscle tone, the rĂ´le of the mental factor in physical processes ..."

3. A Text-book of physiology: For Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1915)
"By muscle tone we mean a state of continuous shortening or contraction ... However this may be, the fact of muscle tone is important in a number of ways. ..."

4. The Oxford Medicine by Henry Asbury Christian, James Mackenzie (1920)
"muscle tone There is no feature of healthy muscle more characteristic than the state of slight, constant tension in which it exists. ..."

5. A Text-book of Human Physiology by Robert Tigerstedt (1906)
"B. THE muscle tone If a person sticks his finger in his ear and then contracts his arm vigorously, he hears a dull sound, the pitch of which has been ..."

6. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"255) or other tranquilizers are used to assist in management of the excessive muscle tone that may be related to generalized central nervous system ..."

7. Electro-physiology by Wilhelm Biedermann (1896)
"The fact that the muscle-tone does not always correspond with the frequency of stimulation in direct excitation from the nerve, makes conclusions as to the ..."

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