Definition of Parkinson's disease in English:

Parkinson's disease

Line breaks: Par|kin|son's dis|ease
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːkɪns(ə)nz
 
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noun

[mass noun]
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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  • Cells grown from stem cells could be used to treat a range of illnesses from Parkinson's disease and diabetes to heart disease.
  • These types of drugs are used to slow the progression Parkinson's disease.
  • Persistent sounds could be a symptom of a serious condition such as a brain tumor or Parkinson's disease.

Origin

late 19th century: named after James Parkinson (1755–1824), English surgeon.

Derivatives

Parkinsonian

adjective
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  • Similarly, she is also seeking patients with Parkinsonian symptoms for the study, because Multiple System Atrophy often masquerades as Parkinson's.
  • These transplanted cells were able to function as DA neurons and diminished Parkinsonian symptoms.
  • They saw a dramatic difference in the behavior and physiology of the Parkinsonian rats treated with the GAD-carrying virus compared to the Parkinsonian rats that did not receive the treatment.

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