Definition of ataxia in English:

ataxia

(also ataxy)

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] The loss of full control of bodily movements.

    • ‘Over time, diverse clinical symptoms develop, among them peripheral neuropathies, ataxia, loss of position sense, and dementia.’
    • ‘Other causes of apparent clumsiness include visual impairment, orthopedic disorders, mild cerebral palsy, hereditary ataxia, and congenital chorea.’
    • ‘Other episodic neurological disorders include periodic paralysis, hemiplegic migraine, and episodic ataxia.’
    • ‘She then began to complain of decreased appetite, weight loss, urinary incontinence, and ataxia.’
    • ‘The most common adverse effects are somnolence, dizziness, ataxia, fatigue and nystagmus.’

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek, from a- without + taxis order. The original sense was ‘irregularity, disorder’, later (in medical use) denoting irregularity of function or symptoms.

Pronunciation

ataxia

/əˈtaksɪə/