parkinsonian

adjective

par·​kin·​so·​nian ˌpär-kən-ˈsō-nē-ən How to pronounce parkinsonian (audio)
-nyən
1
: of or similar to that of parkinsonism
2
: affected with parkinsonism and especially Parkinson's disease

Examples of parkinsonian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Building on this type of work, researchers tested antipsychotic drugs that block dopamine receptors and found the medications improved fluency in some people, although the drugs came with the risk of severe side effects such as parkinsonian movement disorders. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 The cause was complications of a parkinsonian syndrome, said his daughter, Kate Burrows. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 7 May 2018 For Parkinsonian patients, the ability to perform actions in sequence is impaired. Steve Silberman, WIRED, 24 Sep. 2007

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of parkinsonian was in 1906

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“Parkinsonian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parkinsonian. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

parkinsonian

1 of 2 adjective
par·​kin·​so·​nian ˌpär-kən-ˈsō-nē-ən, -nyən How to pronounce parkinsonian (audio)
variants or Parkinsonian
1
: of or similar to that of parkinsonism
2
: affected with parkinsonism and especially Parkinson's disease

parkinsonian

2 of 2 noun
variants or Parkinsonian
: an individual affected with parkinsonism and especially Parkinson's disease
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