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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ataxia mean? 

ATAXIA (noun)
  The noun ATAXIA has 1 sense:

1. inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait

  Familiarity information: ATAXIA used as a noun is very rare.

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ATAXIA (noun)

Sense 1ataxia [BACK TO TOP]


Inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait

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Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


ataxia; ataxy; dyssynergia; motor ataxia

Hypernyms ("ataxia" is a kind of...):

nervous disorder; neurological disease; neurological disorder (a disorder of the nervous system)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ataxia"):

Friedreich's ataxia; herediatry spinal ataxia (sclerosis of the posterior and lateral columns of the spinal cord; characterized by muscular weakness and abnormal gait; occurs in children)

hereditary cerebellar ataxia (nervous disorder of late childhood and early adulthood; characterized by ataxic gait and hesitating or explosive speech and nystagmus)

Holonyms ("ataxia" is a part of...):

spinocerebellar disorder (any of several congenital disorders marked by degeneration of the cerebellum and spinal cord resulting in spasticity and ataxia)

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