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 dystonic (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 The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions, the Sesame Workshop said in a statement. Bloomberg.com, "‘Sesame Street’ Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Dies at Age 85," 8 Dec. 2019 Spinney passed away at his Connecticut home after battling dystonia, a common movement disorder. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Caroll Spinney, the Sesame Street puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died," 8 Dec. 2019 Spinney had been living with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions, for some time, Sesame Workshop said. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Caroll Spinney, puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died," 8 Dec. 2019 The Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions. Andrew Dalton, SFChronicle.com, "Caroll Spinney, Big Bird’s puppeteer on ‘Sesame Street,’ dies at 85," 8 Dec. 2019 The Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions. Arkansas Online, "Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85," 8 Dec. 2019 Instead, the walk is more of a community event aimed at spreading awareness, as many people with dystonia have trouble walking. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Como Zoo to host charity walk Saturday for brain disorder awareness," 21 June 2019 Whalen, now 55, had applied for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits due to her diagnosis of cervical dystonia, a condition her attorney likened to Parkinson’s disease. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Washington State Patrol detective violated woman’s rights with ruse, hidden cameras, court rules," 13 Nov. 2018

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dystonia. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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 dystonic (audio) \ adjective

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