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Parkinsonism

Synonym(s)

  • parkinsonian disorders

Definition(s)

A group of disorders which feature impaired motor control characterized by bradykinesia, muscle rigidity; tremor; and postural instability. Parkinsonian diseases are generally divided into primary parkinsonism (see Parkinson disease), secondary parkinsonism (see Parkinson disease, secondary) and inherited forms. These conditions are associated with dysfunction of dopaminergic or closely related motor integration neuronal pathways in the basal ganglia.

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1: Parkinson's disease. 2: Any of several neurological conditions that resemble Parkinson's disease and that result from a deficiency or blockage of dopamine caused by degenerative disease, drugs, or toxins.

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Published: August 18, 2014