One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of pushing something backwards; an instance of this.
2A tendency to walk backwards involuntarily or in an uncontrolled manner, occurring in parkinsonism.
Mid 18th century (in an earlier sense). From retro- + pulsion, in sense 1 after post-classical Latin retropulsio, in sense 2 after French rétropulsion.
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