- syphilis of the spinal cord and its appendages, characterized by shooting pains and other sensory disturbances, and, in the later stages, by paralysis.
Origin of tabes dorsalis
1675–85; < New Latin tābēs dorsālis literally, tabes of the back; see dorsal1
Also called locomotor ataxia.
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- a form of late syphilis that attacks the spinal cord causing degeneration of the nerve fibres, pains in the legs, paralysis of the leg muscles, acute abdominal pain, etcAlso called: locomotor ataxia
Word Origin for tabes dorsalis
New Latin, literally: tabes of the back; see tabes, dorsal
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tabes dorsalis(dôr-sā′lĭs, -săl′ĭs)
- A late form of syphilis resulting in hardening of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord and characterized by shooting pains, emaciation, loss of muscular coordination, and disturbances of sensation and digestion.Duchenne's disease locomotor ataxia spinal atrophy
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