Origin of ataxiaGr, disorder from ataktos, disorderly from a-, not + taktos from tassein, arrange: see tactics
- Loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement.
- Any of various degenerative, often hereditary, disorders that are characterized by ataxia and are frequently associated with cerebellar atrophy.
Origin of ataxiaGreek ataxiā disorder a- not ; see a- 1. taxis order
(countable and uncountable, plural ataxias)
Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἀταξία (ataksia, “disorder”), derived from ἄτακτος (átaktos, “disorderly”).