[ uh-tak-see-uh ]
/ əˈtæk si ə /

noun Pathology.

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

Origin of ataxia

1605–15; < New Latin < Greek: indiscipline, equivalent to a- a-6 + táx(is) -taxis + -ia -ia
Related formsa·tax·ic, adjectivepre·a·tax·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ataxic


ataxy (əˈtæksɪ)

/ (əˈtæksɪə) /


pathol lack of muscular coordination
Derived Formsataxic 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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Medicine definitions for ataxic (1 of 2)


[ ə-tăksĭk ]


Of, relating to, or characterized by ataxia.

Medicine definitions for ataxic (2 of 2)


[ ə-tăksē-ə ]


Loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement.dyssynergia incoordination
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Science definitions for ataxic


[ ə-tăksē-ə ]

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