Definition of tardive dyskinesia in US English:

tardive dyskinesia


  • A neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements of the face and jaw.

    • ‘Aripiprazole has the potential to cause neuroleptic malignancy syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, disruption in body temperature regulation, esophageal dysmotility and aspiration as do other antipsychotic agents.’
    • ‘In general, no differences have been found regarding the incidence of acute extrapyramidal side effects or tardive dyskinesia.’
    • ‘Extrapyramidal effects by themselves have been related to a poor outcome, a compromised compliance, secondary negative symptoms, cognitive parkinsonism, and depression as well as long term risk of tardive dyskinesia.’
    • ‘Secondly, it may be that the lower incidence of extrapyramidal side effects translates into a lower long term risk of tardive dyskinesia.’
    • ‘Prescribing should be consistent with the need to minimize the risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, seizures and low blood pressure.’


1960s: tardive from French tardif, tardive (see tardy).


tardive dyskinesia

/ˌtärdiv ˌdiskəˈnēZH(ē)ə/