tabes dorsalistabes dor·sa·lis
a chronic disease of the nervous system, usually caused by syphilis and characterized by disturbances of sensations, loss of reflexes and of muscular coordination, functional disorders of organs, etc.
Origin of tabes dorsalisModL, tabes of the back: see tabes and amp; dorsal
A late form of syphilis resulting in a hardening of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord and marked by shooting pains, emaciation, loss of muscular coordination, and disturbances of sensation and digestion. Also called locomotor ataxia.
Origin of tabes dorsalisNew Latin tab&emacron;s dorsalis : Latin tab&emacron;s, tabes + Late Latin dorsalis, dorsal.