American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Impaired muscular coordination in walking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, inability to walk, through defect of muscular action, not necessarily paralysis or incoördination.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) Inability to coördinate muscular actions properly in walking.
- n. inability to walk
- a-1 + Greek basis, step; see gwā- in Indo-European roots + -ia1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“From this same standpoint I have studied another case, a married woman of twenty-nine, with marked neurasthenic and hysterical symptoms (including astasia-abasia, anesthesias, palpitation of the heart, throbbing sensations in the stomach and a great many other symptoms).”
“Astasia-abasia was named by Blocq, who collected 11 cases.”
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