noun Pathology.

a gradually progressive emaciation.

Nearby words

  1. tabernacle,
  2. tabernacle frame,
  3. tabernacle mirror,
  4. tabernacles,
  5. tabernacles, feast of,
  6. tabes dorsalis,
  7. tabes mesenterica,
  8. tabescent,
  9. tabetic,
  10. tabetic arthropathy

Origin of tabes

1645–55; < Latin tābēs wasting, decay, akin to tābēre to waste away Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tabes


noun plural tabes

a wasting of a bodily organ or part
short for tabes dorsalis
Derived Formstabetic (təˈbɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for tabes

C17: from Latin: a wasting away

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Medicine definitions for tabes



n. pl. tabes

Progressive bodily wasting or emaciation.
Tabes dorsalis.
Related formsta•bescence (tə-bĕsəns) n.ta•bescent adj.ta•betic (tə-bĕtĭk) adj.

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