Ataxy
Ataxia A*tax"i*a, Ataxy At"ax*y, n. [NL. ataxia, Gr. ?, fr. ? out of order; 'a priv. + ? ordered, arranged, ? to put in order: cf. F. ataxie.] 1. Disorder; irregularity. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) (a) Irregularity in disease, or in the functions. (b) The state of disorder that characterizes nervous fevers and the nervous condition. [archaic] [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) Loss of coordination in the voluntary muscles, especially the limbs; an inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; it results in unsteady movements and a staggering gait. See also {locomotor ataxia}, an ataxia which occurs when attempting to perform coordinated muscular movements.

Syn: ataxy [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

{Locomotor ataxia}. See {Locomotor}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ataxy — ataxia UK [əˈtæksɪə] / US or ataxy UK [əˈtæksɪ] / US noun [uncountable] medical the loss of the ability to control the movements your body makes Derived word: ataxic UK [əˈtæksɪk] / US adjective …   English dictionary

  • ataxy — SYN: ataxia. * * * (ə takґse) ataxia …   Medical dictionary

  • ataxy — n. inability to coordinate muscular movement …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ataxy —   n. inability to co ordinate muscles; lack of order.    ♦ ataxic, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • ataxy — n. (also ataxia) Med. the loss of full control of bodily movements. Derivatives: ataxic adj. Etymology: mod.L ataxia f. Gk f. a not + taxis order …   Useful english dictionary

  • Progressive locomotor ataxy — Locomotor Lo co*mo tor, a. [See {Locomotion}.] Of or pertaining to movement or locomotion. [1913 Webster] {Locomotor ataxia}, or {Progressive locomotor ataxy} (Med.), a disease of the spinal cord characterized by peculiar disturbances of gait,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ataxia — A*tax i*a, Ataxy At ax*y, n. [NL. ataxia, Gr. ?, fr. ? out of order; a priv. + ? ordered, arranged, ? to put in order: cf. F. ataxie.] 1. Disorder; irregularity. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) (a) Irregularity in disease, or in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Locomotor ataxia — Ataxia A*tax i*a, Ataxy At ax*y, n. [NL. ataxia, Gr. ?, fr. ? out of order; a priv. + ? ordered, arranged, ? to put in order: cf. F. ataxie.] 1. Disorder; irregularity. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) (a) Irregularity in disease, or in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ataxia — noun inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait • Syn: ↑ataxy, ↑dyssynergia, ↑motor ataxia • Derivationally related forms: ↑ataxic, ↑atactic • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ataxic — A*tax ic, a. [Cf. F. ataxique. See {Ataxia}.] (Med.) Characterized by ataxy, that is, (a) by great irregularity of functions or symptoms, or (b) by a lack of coordinating power in movements. [1913 Webster] {Ataxic fever}, malignant typhus fever.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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