Definition of paratonic in English:

paratonic

adjective

  • 1Medicine. Of or relating to strain or spasm (of muscle); specifically designating muscle rigidity occurring in response to passive movement, seen in various disorders of the cerebral cortex.

  • 2Originally: designating or relating to movements of plants in response to change in the intensity of light; nyctinastic. Later: designating plant movements caused by external stimuli of any kind.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Mayne (1808–1868). From para- + tonic.

Pronunciation

paratonic

/ˌparəˈtɒnɪk/