tabes dorsalis

tabes dor·​sa·​lis | \ -dȯr-ˈsa-ləs How to pronounce tabes dorsalis (audio) , -ˈsā-, -ˈsä- \

Definition of tabes dorsalis

: a syphilitic disorder of the nervous system marked by wasting, pain, limb weakness, ataxia, and disorders of sensation and vision resulting from degeneration of the spinal cord

called also locomotor ataxia

Examples of tabes dorsalis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manet was suffering from tabes dorsalis, the degeneration of nerves in the dorsal column of his spinal cord, a primary symptom of which was locomotor ataxia. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tabes dorsalis

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tabes dorsalis

New Latin, dorsal tabes

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“Tabes dorsalis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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tabes dorsalis

tabes dor·​sa·​lis | \ -dȯr-ˈsā-ləs How to pronounce tabes dorsalis (audio) , -ˈsal-əs How to pronounce tabes dorsalis (audio) \

Medical Definition of tabes dorsalis

: a syphilitic disorder that involves the dorsal horns of the spinal cord and the sensory nerve trunks and that is marked by wasting, pain, lack of coordination of voluntary movements and reflexes, and disorders of sensation, nutrition, and vision

called also locomotor ataxia

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