Parkinson's Parkinson's, Parkinson's disease Parkinson's diseaseprop. n. A disease causing {parkinsonism}, a degenerative nervous disorder; sometimes used loosely as a synonym for parkinsonism. More precisely, parkinson's disease is the term for the underlying physiological disorder and parkinsonism is the term for the set of symptoms associated with the disease. See {parkinsonism}.

Syn: paralysis agitans, Parkinsonism, Parkinson's disease syndrome, shaking palsy. [WordNet 1.5]

Parkinson's disease is the most common form of parkinsonism, a group of disorders that are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. --Mayo Clinic (Report, 1999) [PJC]

According to the National Parkinson's Foundation (NPF), 1 million Americans -- including former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and television and film star Michael J. Fox -- are affected by Parkinson's disease. --Mayo Clinic (Report, 1999) [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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