par·​kin·​so·​nian | \ ˌpär-kən-ˈsō-nē-ən How to pronounce parkinsonian (audio) , -nyən\

Definition of parkinsonian

1 : of or similar to that of parkinsonism
2 : affected with parkinsonism and especially Parkinson's disease

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The cause was complications of a parkinsonian syndrome, said his daughter, Kate Burrows. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Edwin Burrows, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of New York City, dies at 74," 7 May 2018 For Parkinsonian patients, the ability to perform actions in sequence is impaired. Steve Silberman, WIRED, "Oliver Sacks on Earworms, Stevie Wonder and the View From Mescaline Mountain," 24 Sep. 2007

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1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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par·​kin·​so·​nian | \ ˌpär-kən-ˈsō-nē-ən, -nyən How to pronounce parkinsonian (audio) \
variants: or Parkinsonian

Medical Definition of parkinsonian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or similar to that of parkinsonism
2 : affected with parkinsonism and especially Parkinson's disease


variants: or Parkinsonian

Medical Definition of parkinsonian (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with parkinsonism and especially Parkinson's disease

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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