tabes dorsalis

[ dawr-sal-is, -sey-lis ]
/ dɔrˈsæl ɪs, -ˈseɪ lɪs /
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noun Pathology.
syphilis of the spinal cord and its appendages, characterized by shooting pains and other sensory disturbances, and, in the later stages, by paralysis.
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Also called locomotor ataxia.

Origin of tabes dorsalis

1675–85; <New Latin tābēs dorsālis literally, tabes of the back; see dorsal1
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British Dictionary definitions for tabes dorsalis

tabes dorsalis
/ (dɔːˈsɑːlɪs) /

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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Medical definitions for tabes dorsalis

tabes dorsalis
[ dôr-sālĭs, -sălĭs ]

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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