Definition of akinesis in English:

akinesis

noun

  • 1Akinesia. In early use also: †any of a group of neurological disorders characterized by muscle weakness or paralysis (obsolete).

  • 2Failure of (part of) the heart to contract normally.

  • 3Zoology. Immobility occurring as a behavioural response, especially in insects; an instance of this.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Marshall Hall (1790–1857), physician and neurophysiologist. From a- + ancient Greek κίνησις motion, probably after German Acinesis, Akinesis.

Pronunciation

akinesis

/ˌeɪkɪˈniːsɪs/