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mus·cle tone

(mŭs'ĕl tōn)
1. The internal state of muscle-fiber tension within individual muscles and muscle groups.
2. Degree of muscle tension or resistance during rest or in response to stretching.
See also: hypertonia, hypotonia (3)
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Muscle tone

Also termed tonus; the normal state of balanced tension in the tissues of the body, especially the muscles.
Mentioned in: Contractures
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


A state of partial contraction present in a muscle in its passive state as, for example, when the eye is in the physiological position of rest. Syn. muscle tone. See resting state of accommodation; physiological position of rest; tonic vergence.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

Patient discussion about muscle tone

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