Definition of tabes dorsalis in English:

tabes dorsalis

noun

Medicine
  • Loss of coordination of movement, especially as a result of syphilitic infection of the spinal cord.

    Also called locomotor ataxia
    • ‘Diabetes mellitus, tabes dorsalis, and syringomyelia are common causes.’
    • ‘Classically, there are three recognized types of CNS syphilis: meningovascular, parenchymatous, and tabes dorsalis.’
    • ‘In 1868, Charcot identified neuropathic joints with an unusual pattern of bone destruction in patients with tabes dorsalis.’
    • ‘The clinical presentation has shifted from general paresis and tabes dorsalis to meningovascular and atypical forms.’

Origin

Modern Latin, literally wasting of the back.

Pronunciation:

tabes dorsalis

/ˌtābēz dôrˈsālis//ˌtābēz dôrˈsalis/