n. transient loss of a solid position for the hands or arms, followed by a jerking recovery movement. This phenomenon is found to be occurring with tremulousness caused by metabolic disorders. Also known as flapping tremor.

ASTERIXIS: "A person with asterixis keeps losing a solid position for the hands and makes jerking movements to regain this."
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