from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An impairment in the ability to control movements, characterized by spasmodic or repetitive motions or lack of coordination.

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  • n. impairment of voluntary movements resulting in fragmented or jerky motions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an abnormality in performing voluntary muscle movements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, impaired power of voluntary movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abnormality in performing voluntary muscle movements


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  • FOX: Sometimes it kicks in too hard and then you get what ` s called dyskinesia, which is that rocking motion.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2006

  • Sometimes, it kicks in too hard, and then you get what’s called dyskinesia, which is that rocking motion that I had when I did the commercial.

    Think Progress » Limbaugh launches new attack on Michael J. Fox.

  • Enough Sinemet to prevent him becoming a statue is more than enough to cause dyskinesia, which is what the involuntary motions we see in MJF are called.

    Think Progress » Limbaugh on Michael J. Fox: ‘I Take Back None of What I Said’

  • The atypical antipsychotics, which also include Clozaril, Geodon and Abilify, were designed to avoid tardive dyskinesia, which is why they were perceived as safer, Ray said.

  • People who comment on such things as Limbaugh’s asinine remark really do need to be aware — and report — that it is the MEDICINE that MAKES Mr. Fox twist and writhe… the condition is known as dyskinesia, and it’s a direct effect of the levodopa in the medicine Sinemet, without which a person with advanced Parkinson’s wouldn’t be able to move at all.

    Think Progress » “Either he didn’t take his medication

  • Levodopa is considered better at treating motor control problems in Parkinson's patients but is also associated with side effects such as dyskinesia (involuntary movements), and the effectiveness of the drug can wear off over time.


  • Patients initially treated with levodopa were more likely to develop motor control complications such as dyskinesia and wearing off, but these complications didn't have a significant impact on patients 'quality of life or disability, the researchers found.


  • They compare this problem to tardive dyskinesia, caused by antipsychotic drugs, and call it tardive dysphoria, "an active process in which a depressive picture is caused by continued administration of the antidepressant."

    Dr. Peter Breggin: New Research: Antidepressants Can Cause Long-Term Depression

  • As a result of her condition, she has extreme difficulty walking because of stiffness, postural collapse, poor balance, visual impairment, and dyskinesia -- involuntary movement.

    Alan Singer: People With Disabilities Cut First: Who Will Be Next?

  • These antipsychotic drugs -- including Abilify, Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa -- can lead to obesity, elevated blood sugar and diabetes, pancreatitis, cardiovascular abnormalities and a disfiguring and sometimes disabling movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia.

    Dr. Peter Breggin: The Psychiatric Drugging of America's Foster Children


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