[ bal-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈbæl ɪz əm /

noun Pathology.

a condition characterized by twisting, shaking, and jerking motions.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for ballismus


[ bə-lĭzməs ]


Jerky or shaking movements of the arms or legs, especially such movements occurring in chorea.
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