hypertonia

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Related to Muscle hypertonia: Muscle hypotonia, Muscle spasticity

hy·per·to·ni·a

 (hī′pər-tō′nē-ə)
n. Physiology
The state of being hypertonic.

hypertonia

(ˌhaɪpəˈtəʊnɪə)
n
(Medicine) med an unusual increase in muscle tension making stretching difficult or impossible

hy•per•to•ni•a

(ˌhaɪ pərˈtoʊ ni ə)

n.
increased rigidity, tension, and spasticity of the muscles.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hypertonia - (of muscular tissue) the state of being hypertonic
tonicity, tonus, tone - the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"
hypotonia, hypotonus, hypotonicity - (of muscular tissue) the state of being hypotonic
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Spastic movement disorders such as cerebral palsy frequently lead to bruxism with masseter muscle hypertonia.
These sound waves (scientifically known as shockwaves) are thought to reduce the muscle hypertonia (tightness) that contributes to spasticity-related pain.
Spasticity in SCI has three distinct characteristics: (1) clonus and tendon hyperreflexia, (2) muscle hypertonia, and (3) flexor and extensor muscle spasms [9].