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The staggering or stumbling gait characteristic of certain nervous disorders.

[Latin titubātiō, titubātiōn-, a staggering, from titubātus, past participle of titubāre, to stagger.]
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1. (Pathology) a disordered gait characterized by stumbling or staggering, often caused by a lesion of the cerebellum
2. (Pathology) Also called: lingual titubation stuttering or stammering
[C17: from Latin titubātiō, from titubāre to reel]
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(ˌtɪtʃ ʊˈbeɪ ʃən)

a neurological disturbance of body equilibrium resulting in an uncertain gait and trembling.
[1635–45; < Latin titubātiō the act of staggering =titubā(re) to stagger + -tiō -tion]
tit′u•bant (-bənt) adj.
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