Parkinson's disease

noun
Par·​kin·​son's disease | \ ˈpär-kən-sənz- How to pronounce Parkinson's disease (audio) \

Definition of Parkinson's disease

: a chronic progressive neurological disease chiefly of later life that is linked to decreased dopamine production in the substantia nigra and is marked especially by tremor of resting muscles, rigidity, slowness of movement, impaired balance, and a shuffling gait

called also paralysis agitans, Parkinson's, Parkinson's syndrome

First Known Use of Parkinson's disease

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Parkinson's disease

James Parkinson †1824 English physician

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Parkinson's disease

Statistics for Parkinson's disease

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Parkinson's disease

The first known use of Parkinson's disease was in 1877

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Parkinson's disease

medical : a disease that affects the nervous system and causes people's muscles to become weak and their arms and legs to shake

Parkinson's disease

noun
Par·​kin·​son's disease | \ ˈpär-kən-sənz- How to pronounce Parkinson's disease (audio) \
variants: also Parkinson disease \ -​sən-​ \ or Parkinson's

Medical Definition of Parkinson's disease

: a chronic progressive neurological disease chiefly of later life that is linked to decreased dopamine production in the substantia nigra, is of unknown cause, and is marked especially by tremor of resting muscles, rigidity, slowness of movement, impaired balance, and a shuffling gait

called also paralysis agitans, parkinsonian syndrome, parkinsonism, Parkinson's syndrome

More from Merriam-Webster on Parkinson's disease

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Parkinson's disease

Comments on Parkinson's disease

What made you want to look up Parkinson's disease? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

likely to have or produce good results

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!