atax·​ia | \ ə-ˈtak-sē-ə , (ˌ)ā-\

Definition of ataxia

: an inability to coordinate voluntary muscular movements that is symptomatic of some central nervous system disorders and injuries and not due to muscle weakness

called also incoordination

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Other Words from ataxia

ataxic \ -​sik \ adjective

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Virgil Harris wants a cure to Friedreich's ataxia for his daughter Jazmyne Harris. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "For Father's Day, this Indianapolis dad just wants a cure for his daughter," 17 June 2018 The 22-year-old has Friedreich's ataxia and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "LSU students design beach-accessible wheelchair to help Plaquemine woman," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ataxia

1670, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ataxia

Greek, from a- + tassein to put in order

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atax·​ia | \ ə-ˈtak-sē-ə, (ˈ)ā- \

Medical Definition of ataxia

: an inability to coordinate voluntary muscular movements that is symptomatic of some disorders of the central nervous system

Other Words from ataxia

ataxic \ -​sik \ adjective

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