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
: 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

Examples of Parkinson's disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the same kind of disease process is at work in a disease like Huntington's disease, potentially in ALS, in Parkinson's disease, and even in Alzheimer's. Sara Ganim, USA TODAY, 1 July 2024 This can be an effect of several health conditions, including stroke, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.2 Recap Your central nervous system and respiratory muscles work together to keep your airways clear. Jenny Sweigard, Verywell Health, 1 July 2024 Impaired waste removal may also be a factor in Parkinson's disease, headache and even depression, Iliff says. Jon Hamilton, NPR, 26 June 2024 It is used in the treatment of neurological conditions including Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and Tourette's syndrome. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for Parkinson's disease 

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Word History

Etymology

James Parkinson †1824 English physician

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Parkinson's disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Parkinson%27s%20disease. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Parkinson's disease

noun
Par·​kin·​son's disease ˈpär-kən-sənz- How to pronounce Parkinson's disease (audio)
: a disease chiefly of later life that tends to get steadily worse and is marked especially by stiff and trembling muscles, slowness of movement, and a shuffling way of walking

Medical Definition

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
: 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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