[uh-tak-see-uh] /əˈtæk si ə/
noun, Pathology
loss of coordination of the muscles, especially of the extremities.
Also, ataxy
[uh-tak-see, a-tak-] /əˈtæk si, æˈtæk-/ (Show IPA)
Compare tabes dorsalis.
1605–15; < Neo-Latin < Greek: indiscipline, equivalent to a- a-6 + táx(is) -taxis + -ia -ia
Related forms
ataxic, adjective
preataxic, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for ataxy
ataxia or ataxy (əˈtæksɪə, əˈtæksɪ)
pathol lack of muscular coordination
[C17: via New Latin from Greek: lack of coordination, from a-1 + -taxia, from tassein to put in order]
ataxy or ataxy
[C17: via New Latin from Greek: lack of coordination, from a-1 + -taxia, from tassein to put in order]
a'taxic or ataxy
a'tactic or ataxy

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Word Origin and History for ataxy
also Anglicized as ataxy, 1610s, "confusion, disorder," medical L., from Gk. ataxia, from a-, privative prefix, + taxis "arrangement, order," from tassein "to arrange" (see tactics). Pathological sense is attested from 1670. Related: Ataxic (1853).
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ataxy in Medicine

ataxia a·tax·i·a (ə-tāk'sē-ə) or a·tax·y (ə-tāk'sē)
Loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement. Also called dyssynergia, incoordination.

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ataxy in Science
Loss of muscular coordination as a result of damage to the central nervous system.
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