tonus :

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  • n  the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

  • Three constant reactions occur within one to four seconds before the respiratory gaspan increase in muscle tonus, a stiffening of the arms, and a slight opisthotonos arching .
  • The massaging action of the abdominal muscles needed to keep the internal organs in a state of tonus is provided by the leg thrash, which is controlled by muscles originating on .

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