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ataxia

[ uh-tak-see-uh ]
/ əˈtæk si ə /
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noun Pathology.
loss of coordination of the muscles, especially of the extremities.
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Also a·tax·y [uh-tak-see, a-tak-]. /əˈtæk si, æˈtæk-/.
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Origin of ataxia

1605–15; <New Latin <Greek: indiscipline, equivalent to a-a-6 + táx(is) -taxis + -ia-ia

OTHER WORDS FROM ataxia

a·tax·ic, adjectivepre·a·tax·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ataxia

ataxia

ataxy (əˈtæksɪ)

/ (əˈtæksɪə) /

noun
pathol lack of muscular coordination

Derived forms of ataxia

ataxic or atactic, adjective

Word Origin for ataxia

C17: via New Latin from Greek: lack of coordination, from a- 1 + -taxia, from tassein to put in order
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Medical definitions for ataxia

ataxia
[ ə-tăksē-ə ]

n.
Loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement.dyssynergia incoordination
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Scientific definitions for ataxia

ataxia
[ ə-tăksē-ə ]

Loss of muscular coordination as a result of damage to the central nervous system.
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