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hyperkinesia

[ hahy-per-ki-nee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, -kahy- ]
/ ˌhaɪ pər kɪˈni ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə, -kaɪ- /
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noun
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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM hyperkinesia

hy·per·ki·net·ic [hahy-per-ki-net-ik, -kahy-], /ˌhaɪ pər kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperkinesia

hyperkinesia

hyperkinesis (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈniːsɪs, -kaɪ-)

/ (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈniːzɪə, -kaɪ-) /

noun pathol
excessive movement, as in a muscle spasm
extreme overactivity in children

Derived forms of hyperkinesia

hyperkinetic (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈnɛtɪk, -kaɪ-), adjective

Word Origin for hyperkinesia

C20: from hyper- + -kinesia from Greek kinēsis movement, from kinein to move
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Medical definitions for hyperkinesia

hyperkinesia
[ hī′pər-kə-nēzhə, -kī- ]

n.
Pathologically increased muscular movement.
Hyperactivity, especially in children.

Other words from hyperkinesia

hy′per•ki•netic (-nĕtĭk) adj.
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