[ey-ki-nee-zhuh, -kahy-]

noun Pathology.

absence, loss, or impairment of the power of voluntary movement.

Also a·ki·ne·sis [ey-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-, ey-kin-uh-sis] /ˌeɪ kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ-, eɪˈkɪn ə sɪs/.

Origin of akinesia

< New Latin < Greek akīnēsíā; see a-6, -kinesia
Related formsa·ki·net·ic [ey-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌeɪ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/, adjective
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Historical Examples of akinetic

  • He called all conditions with marked inactivity and apathy "akinetic psychoses" and said that some recovered, some did not.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

akinetic in Medicine


[ā′kĭ-nēzhə, -kī-]


A slowness or loss of normal motor function resulting in impaired muscle movement.
Related formsa′ki•nesic (-zĭk, -sĭk) null adj.
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