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myoclonus

 [mi″o-klo´nus]
shocklike contractions of part of a muscle, an entire muscle, or a group of muscles; usually a manifestation of a convulsive disorder. adj., adj myoclon´ic.
A single myoclonic arm or leg jerk is normal when the person is falling asleep. Myoclonic jerks are severe with grand mal seizures. From Jarvis, 1996.
palatal myoclonus a condition characterized by a rapid rhythmic movement of one or both sides of the palate.

my·oc·lo·nus

(mī-ok'lō-nŭs, mī-ō-klo'nŭs),
One or a series of shocklike contractions of a group of muscles, of variable regularity, synchrony, and symmetry, generally due to a central nervous system lesion.
[myo- + G. klonos, tumult]

myoclonus

(mī-ŏk′lə-nəs)
n.
A sudden irregular twitching of muscles or parts of muscles, occurring in various brain disorders.

my′o·clon′ic (mī′ə-klŏn′ĭk) adj.

myoclonus

Lightning movement Neurology A rapid involuntary nonrhythmic spasm that can occur spontaneously at rest, in response to sensory stimulation, or with voluntary movements; myoclonias are symptoms and not, per se, diseases a sui generis Management Clonazepam, valproic acid. See Baltic myoclonus, Posthypoxic ischemic myoclonus, Sleep-related myoclonus.
Myoclonus types
Essential myoclonus Idiopathic/non-progressive, eg restless legs syndrome
Physiologic myoclonus Associated with sleep jerks and hiccups
Epileptic myoclonus Associated with epilepsy and
Symptomatic myoclonus Associated with encephalopathy, spinocerebellar degeneration, metabolic, toxic, or viral encephalopathy or trauma  

my·oc·lo·nus

(mī'ok'lŏ-nŭs)
One or a series of shocklike contractions of a group of muscles, of variable regularity, synchrony, and symmetry, generally due to a central nervous system lesion.
[myo- + G. klonos, tumult]

myoclonus

A sudden, brief, involuntary muscle contraction usually causing a jerk of a limb. This occurs most commonly as a normal phenomenon in people half asleep but myoclonic contractions are a feature of EPILEPSY and of many other brain diseases.

Myoclonus

Involuntary contractions of a muscle or group of muscles.
Mentioned in: Anoxia

my·oc·lo·nus

(mī'ok'lŏ-nŭs)
One or a series of shocklike contractions of a group of muscles, of variable regularity, synchrony, and symmetry.
[myo- + G. klonos, tumult]