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[ uh-tak-see-uh ]
/ əˈtæk si ə /

noun Pathology.

loss of coordination of the muscles, especially of the extremities.

Nearby words

atatürk, atatürk, kemal, atavic, atavism, atavistic, ataxia, ataxia telangiectasia, ataxiaphasia, ataxic, ataxic abasia, ataxic aphasia
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

Examples from the Web for ataxy

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

    Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it|Francis E. Anstie
  • Laudanum would settle the present ataxy of her animal spirits, and prevent her being too watchful.

British Dictionary definitions for ataxy


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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ataxy


[ ə-tăksē-ə ]


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


[ ə-tăksē-ə ]

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