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[tey-beez] /ˈteɪ biz/
noun, Pathology.
a gradually progressive emaciation.
Origin of tabes
1645-55; < Latin tābēs wasting, decay, akin to tābēre to waste away Unabridged
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noun (pl) tabes
a wasting of a bodily organ or part
short for tabes dorsalis
Derived Forms
tabetic (təˈbɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a wasting away
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tabes in Medicine

tabes ta·bes (tā'bēz)
n. pl. tabes

  1. Progressive bodily wasting or emaciation.

  2. Tabes dorsalis.

ta·bes'cence (tə-běs'əns) n.
ta·bes'cent adj.
ta·bet'ic (tə-bět'ĭk) adj.
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