from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Impaired muscular coordination in walking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inability to coördinate muscular actions properly in walking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, inability to walk, through defect of muscular action, not necessarily paralysis or incoördination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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).

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Astasia-abasia was named by Blocq, who collected 11 cases.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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