ataxia

play
noun atax·ia \ə-ˈtak-sē-ə, (ˌ)ā-\

Definition of ataxia

  1. :  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

ataxic

play \-sik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of ataxia

Greek, from a- + tassein to put in order


First Known Use: 1670


Medical Dictionary

ataxia

play
noun atax·ia \ə-ˈtak-sē-ə, (ˈ)ā-\

Medical Definition of ataxia

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

ataxic

\-sik\play adjective

Learn More about ataxia


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ataxia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an exhausted condition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!