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1. Not accented: an atonic syllable.
2. Medicine Relating to, caused by, or exhibiting lack of muscle tone.
A word, syllable, or sound that is unaccented.
[From Greek atonos; see atony.]
at′o·nic′i·ty (ăt′ə-nĭs′ĭ-tē, ăt′n-ĭs-) n.
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1. (Phonetics & Phonology) (of a syllable, word, etc) carrying no stress; unaccented
2. (Pathology) pathol lacking body or muscle tone
(Phonetics & Phonology) an unaccented or unstressed syllable, word, etc, such as for in food for thought
[C18: from Latin atonicus, from Greek atonos lacking tone; see atony]
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a•ton•ic(əˈtɒn ɪk, eɪˈtɒn-)
1. not accented.
2. characterized by atony.n.
3. an unaccented word, syllable, or sound.
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|Adj.||1.||atonic - characterized by a lack of tonus|
|2.||atonic - used of syllables; "an atonic syllable carries no stress"|
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