hyperkinesia

[hahy-per-ki-nee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, -kahy-]
noun
1.
Pathology. an abnormal amount of uncontrolled muscular action; spasm.
2.
Psychiatry. a disorder occurring in children and adolescents, characterized by excessive activity, extreme restlessness, impulsivity, and a short attention span.
Also, hyperkinesis [hahy-per-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-] .


Origin:
1840–50; hyper- + -kinesia

hyperkinetic [hahy-per-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] , adjective
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hyperkinesia or hyperkinesis (ˌhaɪpəkɪˈniːzɪə, -kaɪ-, ˌhaɪpəkɪˈniːsɪs, -kaɪ-)
 
n
1.  excessive movement, as in a muscle spasm
2.  extreme overactivity in children
 
[C20: from hyper- + -kinesia from Greek kinēsis movement, from kinein to move]
 
hyperkinesis or hyperkinesis
 
n
 
[C20: from hyper- + -kinesia from Greek kinēsis movement, from kinein to move]
 
hyperkinetic or hyperkinesis
 
adj

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hyperkinesia hy·per·ki·ne·sia (hī'pər-kə-nē'zhə, -kī-) or hy·per·ki·ne·sis (-sĭs)
n.
Pathologically increased muscular movement.


hy'per·ki·net'ic (-nět'ĭk) adj.
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