essential tremor

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Noun1.essential tremor - tremor of unknown cause (usually of the hands and head) that develops in older people; often mistaken for Parkinsonism but is not life-threatening and can usually be kept under control
tremor - shaking or trembling (usually resulting from weakness or stress or disease)
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You most probably have a benign essential tremor. This often runs in families and causes a tremor of the hands, though sometimes the head is also affected.
Essential tremor is a common, progressive neurological disease, formerly called "benign essential tremor," that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs, or trunk, and is sometimes mistaken for Parkinson's disease.
"We lost a lot of ground in research because of the [former] name "benign essential tremor,' "Dr.

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