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parkinsonism (par´kin-son-izm)

1. A neurological syndrome usually resulting from deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine as the consequence of degenerative, vascular, or inflammatory changes in the basal ganglia; characterized by rhythmical muscular tremors, rigidity of movement, festination, droopy posture, and masklike facies.Parkinson's disease, shaking palsy, trembling palsy; 2. A syndrome similar to p. appearing as a side effect of certain antipsychotic drugs. [J. Parkinson]


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