Parkinson's disease

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noun Par·kin·son's disease \ˈpär-kən-sənz-\

Definition of Parkinson's disease

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of parkinson's disease

James Parkinson †1824 English physician


First Known Use: 1877


PARKINSON'S DISEASE Defined for English Language Learners

Parkinson's disease

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noun Par·kin·son's disease \ˈpär-kən-sənz-\

Definition of Parkinson's disease for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

Parkinson's disease

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noun Par·kin·son's disease \ˈpär-kən-sənz-\
variants: also

Parkinson disease

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Parkinson's

Medical Definition of Parkinson's disease

  1. :  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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