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  1. the condition of being hyperactive.
  2. hyperkinesia.

Origin of hyperactivity

First recorded in 1885–90; hyperactive + -ity
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Word Origin and History for hyperactivity


1852, from hyper- + activity.

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hyperactivity in Medicine


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  1. A general restlessness or excess of movement, as that in children with minimal brain dysfunction or hyperkinesis.
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hyperactivity in Science


  1. An abnormally high level of activity or excitement shown by a person, especially a child, that interferes with the ability to concentrate or interact with others.
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