alien hand

A clinical finding in which there is awkward asymmetrical involuntary movement of the hand or limb, which is interpreted by internal sensors as ‘alien’; the patient’s limb moves as if of its own volition

alien hand

Alien limb phenomenon Neurology A clinical finding in which there is awkward asymmetic involuntary movement of the hand or limb, which is interpreted by the internal sensors as 'alien'; the limb moves without being controlled by the Pt. Cf Progressive supranuclear palsy.
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The tradition was broken, the Brownon estates passed into alien hands and the only Brownons remaining in that place were underground in Oak Hill Cemetery, where, indeed, was a colony of them powerful enough to resist the encroachment of surrounding tribes and hold the best part of the grounds.
She was blindly following whatever impulse moved her, as if she had placed herself in alien hands for direction, and freed her soul of responsibility.
Alien hand syndrome is a phenomenon in which one hand is not under control of the mind.
It is another term for Alien Hand Syndrome, a neurological condition in which a patient's hand or arm jerks out of control.
This third series opener features two scenes of creeping dread where women get ready for bed, like Ripley in her escape pod before the alien hand reaches out of the wall.
From the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity comes an interesting article entitled "Does Alien Hand Syndrome Refute Free Will?
ALIEN HAND SYNDROME gathers nearly a hundred amazing but true stories taken from history and re-created for modern audiences.
Author Dennis DiClaudio makes deadly afflictions almost fun with his implausible humor, introducing the brave to wild gross-outs like alien hand syndrome (it ``won't always try to kill you'') and bejel (``in which you get syphilis just by touching someone'').
The multiple wombs, the many dark spaces invaded by this drunk alien hand is an image that will remain with me for a very long time.
WEE WOE Micropsia makes you see objects as tiny, as did Alice; OUT OF CONTROL Strangelove's alien hand
But it's a shocking reality for the sufferers of the rare nerve condition called Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS).