dystonia

noun
dys·to·nia | \dis-ˈtō-nē-ə \

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 \-ˈtä-nik \ adjective

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He was diagnosed with focal hand dystonia, and was devastated to hear there was no immediate cure. Fox News, "Musician serenades surgeons during brain operation," 31 May 2018 Pianists and guitarists can suffer from this focal hand dystonia, just as De Quervain’s disease affects trumpet and trombone players as well as tennis players. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Musicians - and their injuries - heard by Dr. Due," 26 Mar. 2018 Approximately 1 percent of musicians suffer from dystonia severe enough to impair their performance, among them virtuoso pianists Leon Fleischer and the late Glenn Gould. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "One day, a serious athlete couldn’t walk straight. Doctors were stumped.," 6 Mar. 2018 His younger sister, Samantha, 17, also suffers from dystonia and sometimes has trouble walking. Jenna West, SI.com, "Ex-Gators Coach Jim McElwain Sold Florida Home at Loss to Help Family With Disabled Kids," 6 Apr. 2018 Approximately 1 percent of musicians suffer from dystonia severe enough to impair their performance, among them virtuoso pianists Leon Fleischer and the late Glenn Gould. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "One day, a serious athlete couldn’t walk straight. Doctors were stumped.," 6 Mar. 2018 The Staab family have two children who suffer from dystonia, which is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions. Mark Heim, AL.com, "Jim McElwain roasted for taking loss on Florida house, but reason will make you stand up and cheer," 6 Apr. 2018 According to the Times, the Staab's oldest child, Tyler, 20, suffers from a neurological condition called dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions. Jenna West, SI.com, "Ex-Gators Coach Jim McElwain Sold Florida Home at Loss to Help Family With Disabled Kids," 6 Apr. 2018 Their oldest son, 20-year-old Tyler, has a neurological disease called dystonia that bounds him to a wheelchair. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Ex-UF coach McElwain lost $400,000 selling his Gainesville home. He had a good reason | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dystonia

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dystonia

New Latin

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The first known use of dystonia was in 1860

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dystonia

noun
dys·to·nia | \dis-ˈtō-nē-ə \

Medical Definition of dystonia 

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

Other Words from dystonia

dystonic \-ˈtän-ik \ adjective

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