dystonia

noun
dys·​to·​nia | \ dis-ˈtō-nē-ə How to pronounce dystonia (audio) \

Definition of dystonia

: any of various conditions (such as Parkinson's disease and torticollis) characterized by abnormalities of movement and muscle tone

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Other Words from dystonia

dystonic \ dis-​ˈtä-​nik How to pronounce dystonia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dystonia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions, the Sesame Workshop said in a statement. Washington Post, "Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85," 9 Dec. 2019 Following her flu and respiratory episodes recently in the emergency room, she's been experiencing new neurological symptoms, including dystonia, a movement disorder. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Creating your advance directive or living will during a pandemic," 7 May 2020 The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions, the Sesame Workshop said in a statement. Washington Post, "Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85," 9 Dec. 2019 The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions, the Sesame Workshop said in a statement. Washington Post, "Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85," 9 Dec. 2019 The cause of dystonia isn't known, but some forms are inherited, states Mayo Clinic. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird, Dies of Dystonia. What Is That?," 9 Dec. 2019 Spinney, who also operated and voiced Oscar, Big Bird's grumpy trash can-dwelling neighbor, before retiring from the iconic kids program in October 2018, died at his home in Connecticut after living with dystonia for some time. Lisa De Los Reyes, Billboard, "Caroll Spinney, Big Bird Muppeteer for Nearly 50 Years, Dies at 85," 8 Dec. 2019 So just about any science on laryngeal dystonia seemed worth volunteering for. Eric Boodman, STAT, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 2020 The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions, the Sesame Workshop said in a statement. Washington Post, "Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dystonia

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dystonia

borrowed from German Dystonie, from dys- dys- + -tonie -tonia

Note: Though dystonia appears in polyglot medial lexica in the 19th century, the use of the word to refer to a specific condition probably dates from the German neurologist Hermann Oppenheim's application of Dystonie to the condition he named dystonia musculorum deformans in the article "Über eine eigenartige Krampfkrankheit des kindlichen und jugendlichen Alters (dysbasia lordotica progressiva, dystonia musculorum deformans)," Neurologisches Centralblatt, Band 30 (1911), pp. 1090-1107.

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“Dystonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dystonia. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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dystonia

noun
dys·​to·​nia | \ dis-ˈtō-nē-ə How to pronounce dystonia (audio) \

Medical Definition of dystonia

: a state of disordered tonicity of tissues (as of muscle)

Other Words from dystonia

dystonic \ -​ˈtän-​ik How to pronounce dystonia (audio) \ adjective

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