hyperkinesis

noun
hy·​per·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ ˌhī-pər-kə-ˈnē-səs How to pronounce hyperkinesis (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web 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

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“Hyperkinesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperkinesis. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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hyperkinesis

noun
hy·​per·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ -ˈnē-səs How to pronounce hyperkinesis (audio) \

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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