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to·nus

n 1  :  TONE 2a  2  :  a state of partial contraction that is characteristic of normal muscle, is maintained at least in part by a continuous bombardment of motor impulses originating reflexly, and serves to maintain body posture - called also muscle tone  - compare CLONUS  .
 
 
 
Similar sounding terms:  de·ion·ize  dens  densa  DN·ase 

 
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