Consensus for experimental design in electromyography (CEDE) project: terminology matrix

Lara McManus, Madeleine Lowery, Roberto Merletti, Karen Søgaard, Manuela Besomi, Edward A Clancy, Jaap H van Dieën, François Hug, Tim Wrigley, Thor Besier, Richard G Carson, Catherine Disselhorst-Klug, Roger M Enoka, Deborah Falla, Dario Farina, Simon Gandevia, Aleš Holobar, Matthew C Kiernan, Kevin McGill, Eric PerreaultJohn C Rothwell, Kylie Tucker, Paul W Hodges

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Consensus on the definition of common terms in electromyography (EMG) research promotes consistency in the EMG literature and facilitates the integration of research across the field. This paper presents a matrix developed within the Consensus for Experimental Design in Electromyography (CEDE) project, providing definitions for terms used in the EMG literature. The definitions for physiological and technical terms that are common in EMG research are included in two tables, with key information on each definition provided in a comment section. A brief outline of some basic principles for recording and analyzing EMG is included in an appendix, to provide researchers new to EMG with background and context for understanding the definitions of physiological and technical terms. This terminology matrix can be used as a reference to aid researchers new to EMG in reviewing the EMG literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102565
JournalJournal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology
Early online date27 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The CEDE group wishes to acknowledge the contribution of Prof. Dario Liebermann, the special editor for this series, for his critical assessment of the first version of this paper which substantially helped in refining it.


  • Education
  • E-learning
  • Narrative
  • Mixed methods
  • Intervention
  • Physiotherapy
  • Terminology
  • Electromyography
  • Recording
  • Consensus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Biophysics
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)


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