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tabes dorsalis

[dawr-sal-is, -sey-lis] /dɔrˈsæl ɪs, -ˈseɪ lɪs/
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.
Also called locomotor ataxia.
1675-85; < New Latin tābēs dorsālis literally, tabes of the back; see dorsal Unabridged
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  • The condition called tabes dorsalis includes syphilitic myelopathy and other symptoms of nerve damage.
British Dictionary definitions for tabes dorsalis

tabes dorsalis

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
Word Origin
New Latin, literally: tabes of the back; see tabes, dorsal
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tabes dorsalis in Medicine

tabes dorsalis tabes dor·sa·lis (dôr-sā'lĭs, -sāl'ĭs)
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. Also called Duchenne's disease, locomotor ataxia, spinal atrophy.

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Encyclopedia Article for tabes dorsalis

locomotor ataxia

rare neurologic form of tertiary syphilis, involving sensory deficits, loss of neuromuscular coordination, and diminished reflexes. Symptoms of this form of neurosyphilis chiefly affect the legs and may not appear for more than 25 years after the initial infection. Untreated, tabes dorsalis usually makes unassisted walking impossible and severely debilitates the victim.

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