[hahy-per-ki-nee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, -kahy-]
- Pathology. an abnormal amount of uncontrolled muscular action; spasm.
- Psychiatry. a disorder occurring in children and adolescents, characterized by excessive activity, extreme restlessness, impulsivity, and a short attention span.
Also hy·per·ki·ne·sis [hahy-per-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-] /ˌhaɪ pər kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ-/.
Origin of hyperkinesia
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hyperkinesis (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈniːsɪs, -kaɪ-)
- excessive movement, as in a muscle spasm
- extreme overactivity in children
Word Origin for hyperkinesia
C20: from hyper- + -kinesia from Greek kinēsis movement, from kinein to move
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- Pathologically increased muscular movement.
- Hyperactivity, especially in children.
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