[ ath-i-toh-sis ]
/ ˌæθ ɪˈtoʊ sɪs /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM athetosisath·e·to·sic, ath·e·tot·ic [ath-i-tot-ik] /ˌæθ ɪˈtɒt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby athetosis
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Example sentences from the Web for athetosis
More unusual is the rhythmical closing and opening of the hand, successively, of athetosis.
British Dictionary definitions for athetosis
/ (ˌæθəˈtəʊsɪs) /
pathol a condition characterized by uncontrolled rhythmic writhing movement, esp of fingers, hands, head, and tongue, caused by cerebral lesion
Derived forms of athetosisathetoid, 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
[ ăth′ĭ-tō′sĭs ]
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 athetosisath′e•toid′ null null adj.
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