- loss of coordination of the muscles, especially of the extremities.
Origin of ataxia
Examples from the Web for ataxia
His name was Sabathier, and for fifteen years he had been stricken with ataxia.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Ataxia had declared itself; he was able to walk now only leaning on his servant's arm.
It seemed he was suffering from a form of ataxia, rapid in its progress and very painful.
Does not get on feet when turned on side; ataxia well marked.
He had no ataxia or loss of sensibility in the upper half of the body.Fat and Blood
S. Weir Mitchell
- pathol lack of muscular coordination
Word Origin and History for ataxia
also anglicized as ataxy, "irregularity of bodily functions," 1610s, "confusion, disorder," medical Latin, from Greek ataxia, from a-, privative prefix, + taxis "arrangement, order," from stem of tassein "to arrange" (see tactics). Pathological sense is attested from 1660s.
- Loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement.dyssynergia incoordination
- Loss of muscular coordination as a result of damage to the central nervous system.