- a state of motor restlessness, sometimes produced by neuroleptic medication, that ranges from a feeling of inner distress to an inability to sit still.
Origin of akathisia
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- the inability to sit still because of uncontrollable movement caused by reaction to drugs
C20: from a- + -kithisia, ultimately from Greek cathedra seat
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- Motor restlessness characterized by muscular quivering and the inability to sit still, often a result of chronic ingestion of neuroleptic drugs.
- Intense anxiety at the thought of sitting down; inability to sit down.
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