ballism

[ bal-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈbæl ɪz əm /

noun Pathology.

a condition characterized by twisting, shaking, and jerking motions.

Nearby words

  1. ballett,
  2. ballflower,
  3. ballgame,
  4. ballicatter,
  5. balliol,
  6. ballismus,
  7. ballista,
  8. ballistic,
  9. ballistic camera,
  10. ballistic galvanometer

Also bal·lis·mus [ba-liz-muh s] /bæˈlɪz məs/.

Origin of ballism

1955–60; < New Latin ballismus < Greek ballismós a jumping around, dancing, equivalent to báll(ein) to throw + -ismos -ism

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