restless legs syndrome

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of restless legs syndrome

: a nervous disorder characterized by aching, crawling, or creeping sensations of the legs that occur especially at night usually when lying down (as before sleep) and cause a compelling urge to move the legs called also restless legs, restless leg syndrome

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First Known Use of restless legs syndrome

1976


Medical Dictionary

restless legs syndrome

noun

medical Definition of restless legs syndrome

: a neurological disorder of uncertain pathophysiology that is characterized by aching, burning, crawling, or creeping sensations of the legs that occur especially at night usually when lying down (as before sleep) and cause a compelling urge to move the legs and that is often accompanied by difficulty in falling or staying asleep and by involuntary twitching of the legs during sleep called also restless legs

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