Parkinson's diseasePar·kin·son's disease
a degenerative disease of later life, characterized by a rhythmic tremor and muscular rigidity, caused by degeneration in the basal ganglia of the brain
Origin of Parkinson's diseaseafter James Parkinson (1755-1824), Eng physician
also Par·kin·son disease
A progressive disease of the central nervous system, associated with the destruction of brain cells that produce dopamine and characterized by muscle tremors, muscle rigidity or stiffness, abnormally slow movement, and impaired balance and coordination. It usually affects people over the age of 50. Also called paralysis agitans .
Origin of Parkinson's diseaseAfter James Parkinson (1755-1824), British physician
Named after English physician James Parkinson (1755-1824).