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tone

 [tōn]
1. normal degree of vigor and tension; in muscle, the resistance to passive elongation or stretch; tonus.
2. a particular quality of sound or voice.

tone

(tōn),
1. A sound of distinct frequency.
2. The character of the voice expressing an emotion.
3. The tension present in resting muscles.
4. Firmness of the tissues; normal functioning of all the organs.
5. To perform toning.
[G. tonos, tone, or a tone]

tone

(tōn)
1. normal degree of vigor and tension; in muscle, the resistance to passive elongation or stretch.
2. a healthy state of a part; tonus.
3. a particular quality of sound or of voice.

tone

(tōn)
n.
1. The quality or character of sound.
2. The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.
3. Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.
v.
To give tone or firmness to.

tone

See tonus.

tone

Music therapy A musical sound Neurology The degree of tension in a muscle Psychology The nuance of a spoken phrase Sports medicine The baseline muscle tension, which usually reflects the amount of training. See Muscle tone.

tone

(tōn)
1. A musical sound.
2. The character of the voice expressing an emotion.
3. The tension present in resting muscles.
4. Firmness of the tissues; normal functioning of all the organs.
[G. tonos, tone, or a tone]

tone

The degree of tension maintained in a muscle when not actively contracting. In health, this is slight. Tone is abolished in certain forms of paralysis and greatly increased in others.

muscle tone

syn tonus (1) in skeletal muscle, a state of tension that is maintained continuously - minimally even when relaxed - and which increases in resistance to passive stretch. Pathologically, loss of tone (flaccidity) can be caused, e.g. by peripheral nerve damage, and exaggerated tone (spasticity) by overstimulation, e.g. when the activity of the relevant lower motor neurons is released from higher CNS control in spinal injury. The term is sometimes also used, incorrectly, to indicate general muscle strength. (2) In smooth muscle, steady tension maintained in the walls of hollow vessels; regulated mainly by autonomic innervation but influenced, e.g. in the walls of arterioles, by local variables: temperature, chemical factors or intravascular pressure, contributing to autoregulation of appropriate blood flow. See also stretch reflex.

tone

(tōn)
1. Sound of distinct frequency.
2. Character of the voice expressing an emotion.
3. Tension present in resting muscles.
4. Firmness of tissues; normal functioning of all organs.
5. To perform toning.
[G. tonos, tone, or a tone]

tone

1. normal degree of vigor and tension; in muscle, the resistance to passive elongation or stretch.
2. a healthy state of a part; tonus.
3. a particular quality of sound or voice.
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