tabes dorsalis

[ dawr-sal-is, -sey-lis ]
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nounPathology.
  1. 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

1
1675–85; <New Latin tābēs dorsālis literally, tabes of the back; see dorsal1

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tabes dorsalis

/ (dɔːˈsɑːlɪs) /


noun
  1. 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, etc: Also called: locomotor ataxia

Origin of tabes dorsalis

1
New Latin, literally: tabes of the back; see tabes, dorsal

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