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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.


(eɪˈtɒnɪk; æ-)
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]
atonicity n


(əˈtɒn ɪk, eɪˈtɒn-)

1. not accented.
2. characterized by atony.
3. an unaccented word, syllable, or sound.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.atonic - characterized by a lack of tonus
2.atonic - used of syllables; "an atonic syllable carries no stress"
accented, tonic - used of syllables; "a tonic syllables carries the main stress in a word"


[æˈtɒnɪk] ADJátono
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The clinical signs focused were depression, ataxia, anorexia, dehydration, fluid distention, cyclic feed intake, laminitis (Bolton and Pass 1988), atonic rumen (Crichlow and Chaplin 1985), elevated heart rate (Westwood and Lean 2001), decreased dry matter intake (Stock, 2000; Garry, 2002), lameness (Harris and Hibburt.
In the RTLEMHS, the following entries related to syllables can also be found: syllable, open syllable, atonic syllable, closed syllable, and tonic syllable.
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After delivery, she began to hemorrhage and the uterus became atonic. Hysterectomy was performed but the bleeding did not stop.
LGS patients often suffer drop seizures--defined by researchers as "atonic, tonic or tonic-clonic seizures involving the entire body, trunk or head that led or could have led to a fall, injury, slumping in a chair or hitting the patient's head on a surface." Patients often experience developmental and intellectual disabilities and require lifelong care.
Meanwhile, he also experienced clonic and generalized tonicclonic (GTCS) and atonic seizures and had spasticity predominant in the lower extremities with no pathological reflexes.
i) Vowels, tonic (sira, sapiri, pirchi, fimmina; profunno) (9) and atonic (pinsero, pinsari, nenti, vidiri, poviro; comu), primarily front.
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In Japan, the agent is approved as an adjunctive therapy to other AEDs in the treatment of tonic and atonic seizures associated with LGS when therapy with other AEDs is considered inadequate.
Some types include tonic-clonic, absence, atonic, impaired awareness, aware and myoclonic.