Definition of Parkinson's disease in English:

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Parkinson's disease

Pronunciation: /ˈpärkənsənz dəˌzēz/


A progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
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Late 19th century: named after James Parkinson (1755–1824), English surgeon.

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Syllabification: Par·kin·son's dis·ease

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