tabes dorsalis

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  • IPA(key): /ˈteɪbiːz dɔːˈseɪlɪs/


tabes dorsalis (plural tabes dorsales)

  1. (pathology) A degeneration of the sensory neurons of the spinal cord carrying afferent information.
    • 1970, JG Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition:
      Malcolm X: the death of terminal fibrillation, as elegant as the trembling of hands in tabes dorsalis [...].
    • 1984, Oliver Sacks, “The Disembodied Lady”, chapter 3 in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Reset 2007), page 51:
      [I told her] of patients with neurosyphilis, tabes dorsalis, who had similar symptoms, but confined to the legs.