tardive dyskinesia

noun Pathology.

a disorder characterized by restlessness and involuntary rolling of the tongue or twitching of the face, trunk, or limbs, usually occurring as a complication of long-term therapy with antipsychotic drugs.

Nearby words

  1. tardieu,
  2. tardieu, andré,
  3. tardigrade,
  4. tardive,
  5. tardive cyanosis,
  6. tardo,
  7. tardy,
  8. tare,
  9. tarentum,
  10. targe

Origin of tardive dyskinesia

First recorded in 1965–70

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Medicine definitions for tardive dyskinesia

tardive dyskinesia


A chronic disorder of the nervous system characterized by involuntary jerky movements of the face, tongue, jaws, trunk, and limbs, usually developing as a late side effect of prolonged treatment with antipsychotic drugs.tardive oral dyskinesia

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