1. <medicine> Characterised by atony, or want of vital energy; as, an atonic disease.

2. Unaccented; as, an atonic syllable.

3. Destitute of tone vocality; surd.

Origin: Cf. F. Atonique. See Atony.

1. A word that has no accent.

2. An element of speech entirely destitute of vocality, or produced by the breath alone; a nonvocal or surd consonant; a breathing.

3. <medicine> A remedy capable of allaying organic excitement or irritation.

(01 Mar 1998)

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