1. [syn: ataxia, ataxy, dyssynergia, motor ataxia]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
(a) Irregularity in disease, or in the functions.
(b) The state of disorder that characterizes nervous
fevers and the nervous condition. [archaic]
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
[WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
Locomotor ataxia. See Locomotor.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements;
unsteady movements and staggering gait [syn: ataxia,
ataxy, dyssynergia, motor ataxia]