hyperkinesis

noun
hy·​per·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ ˌhī-pər-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī-\

Definition of hyperkinesis 

1 : abnormally increased and sometimes uncontrollable activity or muscular movements
2 : a condition especially of childhood characterized by hyperactivity

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In the first quarter of the century, it was called hyperkinesis. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Kids who start kindergarten young are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of hyperkinesis

circa 1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hyperkinesis

New Latin

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hyperkinesis

noun
hy·​per·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ -ˈnē-səs \

Medical Definition of hyperkinesis 

1 : abnormally increased and sometimes uncontrollable activity or muscular movements : hyperactivity — compare hypokinesia
2 : a condition especially of childhood characterized by hyperactivity

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