[ tich-oo-bey-shuh n ]
/ ˌtɪtʃ ʊˈbeɪ ʃən /

noun Pathology.

a disturbance of body equilibrium in standing or walking, resulting in an uncertain gait and trembling, especially resulting from diseases of the cerebellum.

Nearby words

  1. tittivate,
  2. tittle,
  3. tittle-tattle,
  4. tittup,
  5. titty,
  6. titular,
  7. titularity,
  8. titularly,
  9. titulary,
  10. titulus

Origin of titubation

1635–45; < Latin titubātiōn- (stem of titubātiō) a staggering, equivalent to titubāt(us), past participle of titubāre to stagger + -iōn- -ion

Related formstit·u·bant [tich-oo-buh nt] /ˈtɪtʃ ʊ bənt/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for titubation


/ (ˌtɪtjʊˈbeɪʃən) /

noun pathol

a disordered gait characterized by stumbling or staggering, often caused by a lesion of the cerebellum
Also called: lingual titubation stuttering or stammering

Word Origin for titubation

C17: from Latin titubātiō, from titubāre to reel

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Medicine definitions for titubation


[ tĭch′ə-bāshən ]


The staggering or stumbling gait that is characteristic of certain nervous disorders.

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