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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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Global hypotonia was noted with unsteady control and mild titubation of the head and torso and moderate ataxia on reaching.
Clinical and neurologic examination revealed notably broad-based ataxic gait, hypotonia, poor coordination, truncal titubation, positive romberg sign, dysmetria, and dysarthria.
In addition to SNHL and ovarian insufficiency, neuromuscular abnormalities (spastic diplegia, dysarthria, titubation of the head, hyporeflexia, sensory neuropathy, demyelinating polyneuropathy, cerebellar ataxia, nystagmus, ophthalmoplegia, ptosis, seizures), developmental abnormalities (microcephaly, delayed motor and mental development, learning disabilities), and dysmorphic findings (pes cavus, pes equinovarus, contracted heel cords, atypical facial features, short neck) were found to be associated with PRLTS1 (2,3,27,28,29).
Titubation and essential tremor due to citalopram treatment: casereport.