Definition of tabes
: wasting accompanying a chronic disease
tabeticplay \tə-ˈbe-tik\ adjective or noun
Origin and Etymology of tabes
Latin, wasting disease, decay, from tabēre to decay — more at thaw
First Known Use: 1651
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up tabes? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).