Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Progressive bodily wasting or emaciation.
  • noun Tabes dorsalis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gradually progressive emaciation.
  • noun Same as tabes dorsalis. See below.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Progressive emaciation of the body, accompanied with hectic fever, with no well-marked local symptoms.
  • noun locomotor ataxia; -- sometimes called simply tabes.
  • noun a wasting disease of childhood characterized by chronic inflammation of the lymphatic glands of the mesentery, attended with caseous degeneration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine A kind of slow bodily wasting or emaciating disease, often accompanying a chronic disease.

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

  • noun wasting of the body during a chronic disease

Etymologies

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

[Latin tābēs.]

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From Latin

Examples

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  • "'...When I have said that there is a tabes of the inferior members and a generalized severe and progressive lowering of the whole constitution I have said all I can usefully say.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 107

    February 13, 2008