meaning of Athetosis

Athetosis meaning in General Dictionary

A variety of chorea marked by strange tremors of the fingers and toes

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  • a consistent succession of slow, writhing, involuntary movements of this hands and foot along with other parts of the body
  • a number of chorea, marked by unusual tremors associated with fingers and feet.

Athetosis meaning in Medical Dictionary

Involuntary writhing motions, especially of this hands and arms. Athetosis is connected with several neurological disorders, such cerebral palsy and Rett syndrome.


Athetosis meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1871, from Greek athetos "perhaps not fixed, without place or spot, set aside" + -osis. Coined by U.S. nerve professional William Alexander Hammond (1828-1900).


Athetosis meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Multiple chorea, marked by distinct tremors associated with fingers and toes.