Parkinson's disease[pär′kin sənz]
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
A progressive nervous disease occurring most often after the age of 50, associated with the destruction of brain cells that produce dopamine and characterized by muscular tremor, slowing of movement, partial facial paralysis, peculiarity of gait and posture, and weakness. Also called paralysis agitans, shaking palsy.
Origin of Parkinson's diseaseAfter James Parkinson, (1755–1824), British physician.
- (neurology, pathology) A chronic neurological disorder resulting in lack of control over movement; poor balance and coordination; and similar symptoms.
Named after English physician James Parkinson (1755-1824).