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- n. Abnormally increased and sometimes uncontrollable activity or muscular movements.
- n. A condition especially of childhood characterized by hyperactivity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Abnormally increased muscular movement; spasm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, abnormal amount of muscular action; spasmodic action; spasm. Also hyperkinesia, hypercinesia.
The concept of "hyperkinesis" or "brain injury" is a hypothesis, an inference, as Einstein put it, a "construct," and it is the first duty of those making such a hypothesis to provide some answer to such critical questions.
His uneasiness about attributing the cause of "hyperkinesis" to brain damage is also well founded.
Or, if we prefer a genetic theory, we could argue that "hyperkinesis" may be a sex-linked or sex-influenced disorder.
Abner was one step ahead of her, shifting his weight uncomfortably from one foot to another: a touch of hyperkinesis.
Over its relatively short lifetime, what is now popularly known as hyperactivity has had more than forty names, including learning disability, impulse disorder, hyperkinesis, and minimal brain dysfunction.
Psychiatrists estimate that hyperkinesis is prevalent in perhaps 4 percent of all elementary schoolchildren, yet educators have estimated the number at 15 to 20 percent.
What is new is that diagnosis and treatment of "hyperactivity," "hyperkinesis," "minimal brain dysfunction," etc., are rapidly spreading throughout the public school systems of the country.
It cannot, however, be too strongly emphasized that chronic inflammation of the colon and rectum results in hyperkinesis (excessive muscular irritability) and contraction of the diseased portion invaded, thereby retarding or preventing the passage of feces and gases.
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