par·​kin·​son·​ism ˈpär-kən-sə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce parkinsonism (audio)
: a neurological disorder resembling Parkinson's disease

Examples of parkinsonism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the symptoms a patient experiences while alive—behavioral and mood changes, parkinsonism, depression, anxiety, and dementia—frequently point to CTE as a cause. Erica Kasper, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 However, authors warned that their work is still preliminary and the reasons for the relationship between playing football and parkinsonism are not clear since many other risk factors must also be considered. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2023 Those cognitive symptoms develop within one year of parkinsonism, or the types of movement changes seen in Parkinson’s disease. Evan MacDonald, cleveland, 29 July 2021 Working in cultures of brain cells, the scientists corrected a protein imbalance that causes frontotemporal dementia with parkinsonism. Bradley J. Fikes,, 15 Mar. 2018 Espay has written a paper questioning whether most parkinsonism is related to vascular disease. Carla K. Johnson, Orange County Register, 18 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of parkinsonism was in 1923

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“Parkinsonism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


par·​kin·​son·​ism ˈpär-kən-sə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce parkinsonism (audio)
variants or Parkinsonism
: any of several neurological disorders that are characterized by symptoms (such as muscle rigidity, slowness of movement, and impaired balance) similar to those of Parkinson's disease but have an attributable cause (such as drugs, toxins, brain injury, infection, or neurodegenerative disease) resulting in low levels or blocked activity of dopamine

called also parkinsonian syndrome, Parkinson's syndrome

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