[ tey-beez ]
See synonyms for tabes on
  1. a gradually progressive emaciation.

Origin of tabes

1645–55; <Latin tābēs wasting, decay, akin to tābēre to waste away

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How to use tabes in a sentence

  • It must be used with great care not to exhaust the patient, but this is true also in tabes.

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
  • tabes is the natural consequence of this error; but its effect is evinced by the occurrence of other disorders.

  • In para-syphilitic lesions such as general paralysis and tabes a positive reaction is almost always present.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Except that the joint disease is seldom symmetrical, it closely resembles the arthropathy of tabes.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Rest alone will do much to diminish pain and promote sleep in tabes, rest with massage and electricity will do more.

    Fat and Blood | S. Weir Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for tabes


/ (ˈteɪbiːz) /

nounplural tabes
  1. a wasting of a bodily organ or part

  2. short for tabes dorsalis

Origin of tabes

C17: from Latin: a wasting away

Derived forms of tabes

  • tabetic (təˈbɛtɪk), adjective

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