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ballism

[bal-iz-uh m] /ˈbæl ɪz əm/
noun, Pathology.
1.
a condition characterized by twisting, shaking, and jerking motions.
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[ba-liz-muh s] /bæˈlɪz məs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of ballism
1955-1960
1955-60; < New Latin ballismus < Greek ballismós a jumping around, dancing, equivalent to báll(ein) to throw + -ismos -ism
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ballismus in Medicine

ballismus bal·lis·mus (bə-lĭz'məs)
n.
Jerky or shaking movements of the arms or legs, especially such movements occurring in chorea.

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