[fes-tuh-ney-shuh n]

noun Pathology.

a gait marked by an involuntary hurrying in walking, observed in certain nerve diseases.

Origin of festination

1530–40; < Latin festinātiōn- (stem of festinātiō) a hastening. See festinate, -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for festination



an involuntary quickening of gait, as in some persons with Parkinson's disease

Word Origin for festination

C16: from Latin festīnātiō, from festīnāre to hasten
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festination in Medicine




The acceleration of gait noted in Parkinsonism and similar disorders.
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