Definition of Ataxia

1. Noun. Inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait.

Definition of Ataxia

1. n. Disorder; irregularity.

Definition of Ataxia

1. Noun. (pathology) Lack of coordination while performing voluntary movements, which may appear to be clumsiness, inaccuracy, or instability. ¹

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Definition of Ataxia

1. loss of muscular coordination [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ataxia

1. Failure of muscular coordination, irregularity of muscular action. Origin: Gr. Taxis = order (16 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ataxia

ataxia (current term)
ataxia cordis
ataxia of calves
ataxia of lambs
ataxia telangiectasia syndrome
ataxic abasia
ataxic aphasia

Literary usage of Ataxia

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1916)
"It probably acts by increasing the water of secretion and softening the mucus. A STUDY OF PROXIMO- AND ACRO-ataxia IN TABES DORSALIS.1 BY FREDERICK B. ..."

2. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"See ataxia, and SYNERGY. The term refers to the lack of central ... Although the term ataxia indicates any irregularity of function, its use is practically ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Friedreich's ataxia is a family affection in which several are affected —rarely one alone—in which there is a combination of ataxia with motor weakness and ..."

4. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1912)
"HEREDITARY ataxia (Friedreich's ataxia) In 1861 Friedreich reported 6 cases of a form of hereditary ataxia, in: the affection has usually gone by his name. ..."

5. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1889)
"Friedreich's ataxia is essentially one of the hereditary diseases. Direct similar inheritance of the disease itself, or of some form of ataxia, is. reported ..."

6. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1897)
"The sixty-one cases of locomotor ataxia, the most important symptoms of which are here given in the order of their relative frequency, have been examined ..."

7. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1913)
"To assume that the absence of ataxia in the blind was due to the cerebral control of the blind ... Can we prove anything from ataxia following blindness? ..."

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