Definitions for tabes dorsalisdɔrˈsæl ɪs, -ˈseɪ lɪs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ta′bes dor•sal′isdɔrˈsæl ɪs, -ˈseɪ lɪs(n.)
progressive degeneration of the spinal cord and nerve roots, esp. as a consequence of syphilis.
Origin of tabes dorsalis:
1675–85; < NL: lit., tabes of the back; see dorsal
tabes dorsalis, locomotor ataxia(noun)
syphilis of the spinal cord characterized by degeneration of sensory neurons and stabbing pains in the trunk and legs and unsteady gait and incontinence and impotence
Tabes dorsalis, also known as syphilitic myelopathy, is a slow degeneration of the sensory neurons that carry information to the brain. The degenerating nerves are in the dorsal columns of the spinal cord. They help maintain a person's sense of position, vibration, and discriminative touch.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Parenchymatous NEUROSYPHILIS marked by slowly progressive degeneration of the posterior columns, posterior roots, and ganglia of the spinal cord. The condition tends to present 15 to 20 years after the initial infection and is characterized by lightening-like pains in the lower extremities, URINARY INCONTINENCE; ATAXIA; severely impaired position and vibratory sense, abnormal gait (see GAIT DISORDERS, NEUROLOGIC), OPTIC ATROPHY; Argyll-Robertson pupils, hypotonia, hyperreflexia, and trophic joint degeneration (Charcot's Joint; see ARTHROPATHY, NEUROGENIC). (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p726)
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