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 for Parkinson''''s disease
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Palsy \Pal"sy\, n.; pl. Palsies. [OE. palesie, parlesy, OF.
     paralesie, F. paralysie, L. paralysis. See Paralysis.]
     (Med.)
     Paralysis, complete or partial. See Paralysis. "One sick of
     the palsy." --Mark ii. 3.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Bell's palsy, paralysis of the facial nerve, producing
        distortion of one side of the face; -- so called from Sir
        Charles Bell, an English surgeon who described it.
  
     Scrivener's palsy. See Writer's cramp, under Writer.
  
     Shaking palsy, (Med.) paralysis agitans, a disease usually
        occurring in old people, characterized by muscular tremors
        and a peculiar shaking and tottering gait; now called
        parkinsonism, or Parkinson's disease.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Parkinson's \Parkinson's\, Parkinson's disease \Parkinson's
  disease\prop. 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]

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