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[mahy-uh-kloh-nee-uh] /ˌmaɪ əˈkloʊ ni ə/

noun, Pathology.
a disease characterized by .

myoclonia my·o·clo·ni·a (mī’ə-klō’nē-ə)
Any of various disorders characterized by myoclonus.


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