tardive dyskinesia

noun tar·dive dyskinesia \ ˈtär-div- \

Definition of tardive dyskinesia

: a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary uncontrollable movements especially of the mouth, tongue, trunk, and limbs and occurring especially as a side effect of prolonged use of antipsychotic drugs (such as phenothiazine)

Recent Examples of tardive dyskinesia from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tardive dyskinesia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of tardive dyskinesia

tardive tending toward late development (from French, feminine of tardif, from Middle French) + dyskinesia


Medical Dictionary

tardive dyskinesia

noun

medical Definition of tardive dyskinesia

: a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary uncontrollable movements especially of the mouth, tongue, trunk, and limbs and occurring especially as a side effect of prolonged use of antipsychotic drugs (as phenothiazine) abbreviation TD

Learn More about tardive dyskinesia


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tardive dyskinesia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

very hard to disturb or upset

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet-pasta-spelling-help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!