tabes dorsalis

ta·bes dor·sal·is
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tey-beez dawr-sal-is, -sey-lis]
    • /ˈteɪ biz dɔrˈsæl ɪs, -ˈseɪ lɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tey-beez dawr-sal-is, -sey-lis]
    • /ˈteɪ biz dɔrˈsæl ɪs, -ˈseɪ lɪs/

Definitions of tabes dorsalis words

  • noun tabes dorsalis syphilis of the spinal cord and its appendages, characterized by shooting pains and other sensory disturbances, and, in the later stages, by paralysis. 2
  • noun tabes dorsalis 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 1
  • noun tabes dorsalis a chronic disease of the nervous system, usually caused by syphilis and characterized by disturbances of sensations, loss of reflexes and of muscular coordination, functional disorders of organs, etc. 1

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Origin of tabes dorsalis

First appearance:

before 1675
One of the 48% oldest English words
1675-85; < New Latin tābēs dorsālis literally, tabes of the back; see dorsal1

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tabes dorsalis popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 5% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
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Synonyms for tabes dorsalis

noun tabes dorsalis

  • chancroid — a soft venereal ulcer, esp of the male genitals, caused by infection with the bacillus Haemophilus ducreyi
  • chlamydia — Chlamydia is a sexually-transmitted disease.
  • crab louse — a parasitic louse, Pthirus (or Phthirus) pubis, that infests the pubic region in humans
  • genital herpes — a sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus type 2, characterized primarily by transient blisters on and around the genitals.
  • gonorrhea — a contagious, purulent inflammation of the urethra or the vagina, caused by the gonococcus.

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