One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1obsolete Akinesia. 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.
Zoology. Immobility occurring as a behavioural response, especially in insects; an instance of this.
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.
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