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More fully "paramyoclonus multiplex". An inherited (autosomal dominant) form of myoclonus beginning early in life, involving chiefly the muscles of face, neck, trunk, and proximal limbs, and having a non-progressive course without associated neurological symptoms.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Brain: a journal of neurology. From para- + myo- + clonus, after scientific Latin paramyoklonus.
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