paralysis agitans


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paralysis ag·i·tans

 (ăj′ĭ-tănz′)
[New Latin paralysis agitāns : Latin paralysis, palsy + Latin agitāns, present participle of agitāre, to shake.]

paralysis agitans

(ˈædʒɪˌtænz)
n
(Pathology) another name for Parkinson's disease

Par′kin•son's disease`

(ˈpɑr kɪn səns)
n.
a neurologic disease believed to be caused by deterioration of the brain cells that produce dopamine, occurring primarily after the age of 60, and characterized by tremors, esp. of the fingers and hands, muscle rigidity, and a shuffling gait. Also called par′kin•son•ism (-səˌnɪz əm)
[1870–75; after James Parkinson (1755–1824), English physician who first described it]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paralysis agitans - a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremor and impaired muscular coordination
tremor - shaking or trembling (usually resulting from weakness or stress or disease)
degenerative disorder - condition leading to progressive loss of function
brain disease, brain disorder, encephalopathy - any disorder or disease of the brain
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Called paralysis agitans by Parkinson, it is characterized by rigidity of muscles and tremor in the earlier stages, progressing to uncontrollable shaking, inability to stand upright, sudden paralysis, and other disabling symptoms.