tabes dorsalis

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɔːˈsɑːlɪs/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(dôr salis, -sālis)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
tabes dor•salis  (dôr salis, -sālis),USA pronunciation [Pathol.]
  1. Pathologysyphilis of the spinal cord and its appendages, characterized by shooting pains and other sensory disturbances, and, in the later stages, by paralysis. Also called  locomotor ataxia. 
  • Neo-Latin tābēs dorsālis literally, tabes of the back; see dorsal
  • 1675–85

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
tabes dorsalis /dɔːˈsɑːlɪs/ n
  1. a form of late syphilis that attacks the spinal cord causing degeneration of the nerve fibres, pains in the legs, paralysis of the leg muscles, acute abdominal pain, etc
Etymology: New Latin, literally: tabes of the back; see tabes, dorsal
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