One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Nodding movement of the head or body, especially as caused by a nervous disorder.
- ‘For the next act of our little drama I sat silently while she complained, nodding my head so much I looked like a sufferer of rampant titubation.’
- ‘She has constant titubation and rhythmic jerking of her entire upper and lower extremities, obvious eye nystagmus and difficulty in initiating ocular saccades.’
- ‘He was complaining of head titubation which started approximately a year ago.’
- ‘The titubation is person dependent and can be reduced by a fixation of the human body.’
- ‘My guess would be that this is simple titubation and will resolve with age.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin titubatio(n-), from titubare ‘to totter’.
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