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athetosis

[ ath-i-toh-sis ]
/ ˌæθ ɪˈtoʊ sɪs /
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noun Pathology.
a condition, chiefly in children, of slow, involuntary, wormlike movements of the fingers, toes, hands, and feet, usually resulting from a brain lesion.
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Origin of athetosis

1870–75; <Greek áthet(os) not placed (a-a-6 + thetós, equivalent to the- (stem of tithénai to set, put) + -tos verbid suffix) + -osis

OTHER WORDS FROM athetosis

ath·e·to·sic, ath·e·tot·ic [ath-i-tot-ik], /ˌæθ ɪˈtɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for athetosis

athetosis
/ (ˌæθəˈtəʊsɪs) /

noun
pathol a condition characterized by uncontrolled rhythmic writhing movement, esp of fingers, hands, head, and tongue, caused by cerebral lesion

Derived forms of athetosis

athetoid, adjective

Word Origin for athetosis

C19: from Greek athetos not in place, from a- 1 + tithenai to place
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Medical definitions for athetosis

athetosis
[ ăth′ĭ-tōsĭs ]

n.
A constant succession of slow, writhing, involuntary movements of flexion, extension, pronation, and supination of fingers and hands, and sometimes of toes and feet.

Other words from athetosis

athe•toid′ null null adj.
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