Parkinson's disease

or Parkinson disease

noun Pathology.
  1. a common neurologic disease believed to be caused by deterioration of the brain cells that produce dopamine, occurring primarily after the age of 60, characterized by tremors, especially of the fingers and hands, muscle rigidity, shuffling gait, slow speech, and a masklike facial expression.

Origin of Parkinson's disease

named after James Parkinson (1755–1824), English physician who first described it
Also called Parkinson’s, parkinsonism.
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British Dictionary definitions for parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease

noun
  1. a progressive chronic disorder of the central nervous system characterized by impaired muscular coordination and tremorOften shortened to: Parkinson's Also called: Parkinsonism, Parkinson's syndrome, paralysis agitans, shaking palsy

Word Origin for Parkinson's disease

C19: named after James Parkinson (1755–1824), British surgeon, who first described it
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Word Origin and History for parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease

1877, from French maladie de Parkinson (1876), named for English physician James Parkinson (1755-1824), who described it (1817) under the names shaking palsy and paralysis agitans.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

parkinson's disease in Medicine

Parkinson's disease

[pärkĭn-sənz]
n.
  1. A progressive nervous disease occurring most often after the age of 50, associated with the destruction of brain cells that produce dopamine, and characterized by muscular tremor, slowing of movement, partial facial paralysis, peculiarity of gait and posture, and weakness.paralysis agitans
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parkinson's disease in Science

Parkinson's disease

[pärkĭn-sənz]
  1. A progressive neurologic disease occurring most often after the age of 50, associated with the destruction of brain cells that produce dopamine. Individuals with Parkinson's disease exhibit tremors while at rest, slowing of movement, stiffening of gait and posture, and weakness. The disease is named after its discoverer, British physician and paleontologist James Parkinson (1755-1824).
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parkinson's disease in Culture

Parkinson's disease

A chronic disease of the nervous system that usually strikes in late adult life, resulting in a gradual decrease in muscle control. Symptoms of the disease include shaking, weakness, and partial paralysis of the face. Certain drugs can help alleviate some of its symptoms.

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