from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Normal firmness or functional readiness in body tissues or organs.
- n. The sustained partial contraction of resting or relaxed muscles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The normal presence of tone or tension in a muscle or organ; tonus
- n. The ability of a solution to exert an osmotic pressure upon a membrane
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of healthy tension or partial contraction of muscle fibers while at rest; tone; tonus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, occasionally employed to denote the quality of dead, as well as living, tissue.
- n. Tone; the state or property of possessing tone or of being tonic; specifically, in physiol; the elasticity of living parts—a property of the muscles which is distinct from true irritability, and determines the general tone of the solids.
- n. In music. See the quotation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
Sorry, no etymologies found.