Parkinson's disease

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

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

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

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“Parkinson's disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Parkinson%27s%20disease. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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Parkinson's disease

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How to pronounce Parkinson's disease (audio)

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

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