Definition of akinesia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeɪkɪˈniːsɪə/
Pronunciation: /ˌakɪˈniːsɪə/


[mass noun] Medicine
Loss or impairment of the power of voluntary movement.
Example sentences
  • Slowness - bradykinesia (slow movement) and akinesia (inability to move) are common in people with Parkinson's disease.
  • This is a hypokinetic disorder characterized by hypokinesia or akinesia, rigidity, and a rhythmic fine tremor at the rate of 3-6 cycles per second.
  • An echocardiogram excluded major pericardial effusion, showing a non-dilated left ventricle with inferior wall akinesia and overall moderate function.



Pronunciation: /ˌeɪkɪˈnɛtɪk/
Example sentences
  • Conversely, they may be fully conscious but feel that they don't want to do anything at all - akinetic mutism.
  • In the absence of Behcet's disease, intracardiac thrombus is often found to overlie an akinetic myocardial segment.
  • In more derived snakes, most of the occipital elements are fused, forming essentially the only akinetic structure in the skull.


Mid 19th century: from Greek akinēsia 'quiescence', from a- 'without' + kinēsis 'motion'.

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