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electromyography

Pronunciation: e-lek'tro-mi-og'ra-fe

Definition:

  1. The recording of electrical activity generated in muscle for diagnostic purposes; both surface and needle recording electrodes can be used, although characteristically the latter is employed, so that the procedure is also called needle electrode examination.
  2. Umbrella term for the entire electrodiagnostic study performed in the EMG laboratory, including not only the needle electrode examination, but also the nerve conduction studies.

[electro- + G. mys, muscle, + grapho, to write]

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