• WordNet 3.6
    • n atony lack of normal muscular tension or tonus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Atony (Med) Want of tone; weakness of the system, or of any organ, especially of such as are contractile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atony In pathology, a want of tone; defect of muscular power; weakness of any organ, particularly of one that is contractile; debility.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atony at′on-i want of tone or energy: debility: relaxation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. slackness; 'a priv. + tone, strength, to stretch: cf. F. atonie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. atoniaa, neg., tonos, tone, strength. See Tone.


In literature:

Atony, or want of tone of the stomach, gradually supervenes, and incurable disorder of health results.
"Grappling with the Monster" by T. S. Arthur
Your disease is a deficiency of blood, a constitutional atony.
"Laboulaye's Fairy Book" by Various
The patient is unable to empty the bladder, and the condition of atony gets increasingly worse.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
It is a case of disheartening atony for which there is no possible cure.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. I (of VI), "Venetian Years" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
By this method we increase the chance of an atony of the uterus, as the discharge of the liquor amnii is not under due control.
"A System of Midwifery" by Edward Rigby