Definition of tabes dorsalis in English:

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tabes dorsalis

Pronunciation: /ˌtābēz dôrˈsalis/ /ˌtābēz dôrˈsālis/


Loss of coordination of movement, especially as a result of syphilitic infection of the spinal cord. Also called locomotor ataxia.
Example sentences
  • Diabetes mellitus, tabes dorsalis, and syringomyelia are common causes.
  • The clinical presentation has shifted from general paresis and tabes dorsalis to meningovascular and atypical forms.
  • Classically, there are three recognized types of CNS syphilis: meningovascular, parenchymatous, and tabes dorsalis.


Modern Latin, literally 'wasting of the back'.

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