Meaning of akinesis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌeɪkɪˈniːsɪs/


  • 1Medicine
    = "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.

  • 3Zoology
    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.