locomotor ataxia


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locomotor ataxia

locomotor ataxia

n
(Pathology) pathol another name for tabes dorsalis

ta′bes dor•sal′is

(dɔrˈsæl ɪs, -ˈseɪ lɪs)

n.
progressive degeneration of the spinal cord and nerve roots, esp. as a consequence of syphilis.
[1675–85; < New Latin: literally, tabes of the back; see dorsal]
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Noun1.locomotor ataxia - syphilis of the spinal cord characterized by degeneration of sensory neurons and stabbing pains in the trunk and legs and unsteady gait and incontinence and impotence
neurosyphilis - syphilis of the central nervous system
References in classic literature ?
Jonas declares he once spoke of locomotor ataxia in hearing and she said she knew too well what that was.
Joe's anal clap, contracted during a chance encounter with an ardent soldier, was like his father's syphilitic jumps and tremors, leading to locomotor ataxia, which he'd originally contracted in Egypt.
This story, written around 1893, accurately describes the clinical syndrome of tabes dorsalis popularly known as locomotor ataxia at that time.