[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

First recorded in 1840–50; hyper- + -kinesia
Related formshy·per·ki·net·ic [hahy-per-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌhaɪ pər kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/, adjective
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hyperkinesis (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈniːsɪs, -kaɪ-)

noun pathol

excessive movement, as in a muscle spasm
extreme overactivity in children
Derived Formshyperkinetic (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈnɛtɪk, -kaɪ-), adjective

Word Origin for hyperkinesia

C20: from hyper- + -kinesia from Greek kinēsis movement, from kinein to move
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Word Origin and History for hyperkinetic

1880, from hyper- + kinetic. Perhaps immediately from French hyperkinetic (1874). Related: Hyperkinesis.

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Medicine definitions for hyperkinetic


[hī′pər-kə-nēzhə, -kī-]


Pathologically increased muscular movement.
Hyperactivity, especially in children.
Related formshy′per•ki•netic (-nĕtĭk) adj.
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