tonus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tonus (a sound, tone). See tone.

Noun[edit]

tonus (countable and uncountable, plural tonuses)

  1. (biology) tonicity; tone
    muscular tonus
    • 1956, Personal character and cultural milieu: a collection of readings
      Dr. H. S. Sullivan, for example, is known to many for his acute understanding of the postural tonuses of his patients.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


French[edit]

Noun[edit]

tonus m (plural tonus)

  1. muscle tone, tonicity, tonus
  2. (by extension) energy, strength

Related terms[edit]


Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek τόνος (tonos, tone), from τείνω (teinō, I stretch).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tonus m (genitive tonī); second declension

  1. The stretching or straining of a rope.
  2. (by extension) A strain; tension.
  3. (figuratively) The pitch, sound or tone of something.
  4. (figuratively) A crack of thunder.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative tonus tonī
genitive tonī tonōrum
dative tonō tonīs
accusative tonum tonōs
ablative tonō tonīs
vocative tone tonī

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • tonus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879