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

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  • 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
  • Dario Farina
  • Simon Gandevia
  • Aleš Holobar
  • Matthew C Kiernan
  • Kevin McGill
  • Eric Perreault
  • John C Rothwell
  • Kylie Tucker
  • Paul W Hodges

External organisations

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Politecnico di Torino
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • The University of Queensland
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Department of Movement, Human and Health Sciences, Università di Roma Foro Italico, Italy.
  • Hematology Biology, University Hospital Nantes, Nantes, France.
  • Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health
  • University of Auckland
  • Queen's University, Belfast
  • University Hospital, RWTH Aachen
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Maribor
  • University of Sydney
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Northwestern University
  • University College London
  • Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


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.

Bibliographic 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.


Original languageEnglish
Article number102565
JournalJournal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology
Early online date27 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 May 2021


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