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n. resistance to the passive movement of a limb that is maximal at the beginning of the movement and gives way as more pressure is applied. Also known as clasp-knife rigidity, it is a symptom of damage to the pyramidal system in the brain or spinal cord. It is usually accompanied by weakness in the affected limb (see spastic paralysis). Compare rigidity.

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