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- (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.