[ hahy-per-ki-nee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, -kahy- ]
/ ˌhaɪ pər kɪˈni ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə, -kaɪ- /
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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-/.
OTHER WORDS FROM hyperkinesiahy·per·ki·net·ic [hahy-per-ki-net-ik, -kahy-], /ˌhaɪ pər kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/, adjective
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How to use hyperkinesia in a sentence
But given the hyperkinetic demands of the modern-day action movie, drastic measures are needed to weld hero and villain together.John Travolta and the New OCD Villains|Tom Shone|June 11, 2009|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for hyperkinesia
hyperkinesis (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈniːsɪs, -kaɪ-)
/ (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈniːzɪə, -kaɪ-) /
excessive movement, as in a muscle spasm
extreme overactivity in children
Derived forms of hyperkinesiahyperkinetic (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈnɛtɪk, -kaɪ-), adjective
Word Origin for hyperkinesia
C20: from hyper- + -kinesia from Greek kinēsis movement, from kinein to move
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