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 for scrivener''''s palsy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scrivener \Scrive"ner\ (? or ?), n. [From older scrivein, OF.
     escrivain, F. ['e]crivain, LL. scribanus, from L. scribere to
     write. See Scribe.]
     1. A professional writer; one whose occupation is to draw
        contracts or prepare writings. --Shak.
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              The writer better scrivener than clerk. --Fuller.
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     2. One whose business is to place money at interest; a
        broker. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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     3. A writing master. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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     Scrivener's palsy. See Writer's cramp, under Writer.
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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.]
     Paralysis, complete or partial. See Paralysis. "One sick of
     the palsy." --Mark ii. 3.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Writer \Writ"er\, n. [AS. wr[imac]tere.]
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     1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk.
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              They [came] that handle the pen of the writer.
                                                    --Judg. v. 14.
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              My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. --Ps. xlv.
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     2. One who is engaged in literary composition as a
        profession; an author; as, a writer of novels.
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              This pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth
              defile.                               --Shak.
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     3. A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East
        India Company, who, after serving a certain number of
        years, became a factor.
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     Writer of the tallies (Eng. Law), an officer of the
        exchequer of England, who acted as clerk to the auditor of
        the receipt, and wrote the accounts upon the tallies from
        the tellers' bills. The use of tallies in the exchequer
        has been abolished. --Wharton (Law. Dict.)
     Writer's cramp, Writer's palsy or Writer's spasm
        (Med.), a painful spasmodic affection of the muscles of
        the fingers, brought on by excessive use, as in writing,
        violin playing, telegraphing, etc. Called also
        scrivener's palsy.
     Writer to the signet. See under Signet.
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