• synonyms


noun Pathology.
  1. loss of coordination of the muscles, especially of the extremities.
Show More
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ataxy

Historical Examples of ataxy

  • Laudanum would settle the present ataxy of her animal spirits, and prevent her being too watchful.

    Three Hours after Marriage

    John Gay

  • Most commonly our diagnosis is soon assisted by the occurrence of a greater or less degree of ataxy.

British Dictionary definitions for ataxy


ataxy (əˈtæksɪ)

  1. pathol lack of muscular coordination
Show More
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ataxy



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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ataxy in Medicine


  1. Loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement.dyssynergia incoordination
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

ataxy in Science


  1. Loss of muscular coordination as a result of damage to the central nervous system.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.