n. refers to a condition characterized by involuntary throwing or flinging movements. These movements are called ballistic movements, and are caused by severe muscle contractions in the limbs due to neurological damage. This disorder may involve both sides of the body or one side only. Also known as ballismus.

BALLISM: "A person suffering with ballism likely makes involuntary flinging motions with one or both arms."
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