Neuro Words for Nerds


Each week’s Neuro Words for Nerds post defines a neurology term, its pronunciation, etymology, and clinical relevance.

Term: Hemineglect

Hemineglect is a syndrome characterized by decreased attention or awareness of one side of space, usually contralateral to a forebrain lesion.

Term: Myokymia

Myokymia is an involuntary, spontaneous, localized quivering of a few bundles within a muscle or a few muscle groups, but without sufficient force to move a joint.

Term: Central cord syndrome

Central cord syndrome occurs when there is disease or injury within the central region of the spinal cord and causes thoracic limb weakness that is worse than pelvic limb weakness. 

Term: Xeromycteria

Pronounced: zē′rō-mik-tē′rē-ă Etymology: From xero- ("dry")…

Term: Risus sardonicus

The latin term risus sarcondicus literally translates to "sardonic smile." It is one of the hallmark features of tetanus, along with...