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[fes-tuh-ney-shuh n] /ˌfɛs təˈneɪ ʃən/
noun, Pathology
a gait marked by an involuntary hurrying in walking, observed in certain nerve diseases.
Origin of festination
1530-40; < Latin festinātiōn- (stem of festinātiō) a hastening. See festinate, -ion Unabridged
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  • These are shuffling gaits and the way that they walk, faster and faster is called festination.
British Dictionary definitions for festination


an involuntary quickening of gait, as in some persons with Parkinson's disease
Word Origin
C16: from Latin festīnātiō, from festīnāre to hasten
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festination in Medicine

festination fes·ti·na·tion (fěs'tə-nā'shən)
The acceleration of gait noted in Parkinsonism and similar disorders.

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