hyperactivity

noun
hy·​per·​ac·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌhī-pər-ˌak-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce hyperactivity (audio) \

Definition of hyperactivity

1 : the state or condition of being overly active Canada geese are disarmingly expressive. … They disdain the frantic hyperactivity of smaller birds.— Benjamin B. Bachman
2 : increased levels of function or activity especially when considered abnormally excessive She had developed delusions of invincibility, along with bouts of hyperactivity and severe insomnia.— Per Ola and Emily D'Aulaire especially : higher than usual levels of movement and activity (such as excessive talking or fidgeting) typically associated with attention deficit disorder An estimated 1 in 50 school-age children in the United States, receive stimulant medication to help quell inattentiveness and hyperactivity. — Christine Mlot

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It has been linked to everything from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to bipolar disorder, but its affect on criminality is still unknown. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Can You Really Have a Serial Killer Gene like Betty on "Riverdale"?," 9 May 2019 When Gillian was 8 years old, her hyperactivity — which earned her the nickname Wriggle-Bottom — led her mother to take her to a family doctor. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Gillian Lynne, 92, choreographer of ‘Cats’," 8 July 2018 The school had labeled the boy as having attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and urged the parents to see a psychiatrist—who immediately prescribed a stimulant. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "We’re Overmedicating Our Children," 6 Mar. 2019 When Gillian was 8 years old, her hyperactivity — which earned her the nickname Wriggle-Bottom — led her mother to take her to a family doctor. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Gillian Lynne, 92, choreographer of ‘Cats’," 8 July 2018 Cruz’s mother, who has since died of pneumonia, also told authorities the teen was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Erika Pesantes, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Family of Helena Ramsay asks judge for Parkland shooter's mental health records," 15 June 2018 When Gillian was 8 years old, her hyperactivity — which earned her the nickname Wriggle-Bottom — led her mother to take her to a family doctor. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Gillian Lynne, 92, choreographer of ‘Cats’," 8 July 2018 When Gillian was 8 years old, her hyperactivity — which earned her the nickname Wriggle-Bottom — led her mother to take her to a family doctor. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Gillian Lynne, Choreographer of ‘Cats,’ Is Dead at 92," 2 July 2018 But squeezed by the same forces, all military branches must sweeten their enlistment deals, adding sign-up and retention bonuses and loosening medical standards on childhood conditions like asthma and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of hyperactivity

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hyperactivity

noun
hy·​per·​ac·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌhī-pə-ˌrak-ˈtiv-ət-ē How to pronounce hyperactivity (audio) \
plural hyperactivities

Medical Definition of hyperactivity

: a state or condition of being excessively or pathologically active especially : attention deficit disorder

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