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[ath-i-toh-sis] /ˌæθ ɪˈtoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology.
a condition, chiefly in children, of slow, involuntary, wormlike movements of the fingers, toes, hands, and feet, usually resulting from a brain lesion.
Origin of athetosis
1870-75; < Greek áthet(os) not placed (a- a-6 + thetós, equivalent to the- (stem of tithénai to set, put) + -tos verbid suffix) + -osis
Related forms
athetosic, athetotic
[ath-i-tot-ik] /ˌæθ ɪˈtɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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(pathol) a condition characterized by uncontrolled rhythmic writhing movement, esp of fingers, hands, head, and tongue, caused by cerebral lesion
Derived Forms
athetoid, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek athetos not in place, from a-1 + tithenai to place
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Word Origin and History for athetosis

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

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athetosis in Medicine

athetosis ath·e·to·sis (āth'ĭ-tō'sĭs)
A constant succession of slow, writhing, involuntary movements of flexion, extension, pronation, and supination of fingers and hands, and sometimes of toes and feet.

ath'e·toid' or ath'e·to'sic or ath'e·tot'ic (-tŏt'ĭk) adj.
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