Meaning of ataxia in English:


Pronunciation /əˈtaksɪə/

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(also ataxy)
mass nounMedicine
  • The loss of full control of bodily movements.

    ‘Other causes of apparent clumsiness include visual impairment, orthopedic disorders, mild cerebral palsy, hereditary ataxia, and congenital chorea.’
    • ‘Over time, diverse clinical symptoms develop, among them peripheral neuropathies, ataxia, loss of position sense, and dementia.’
    • ‘Other episodic neurological disorders include periodic paralysis, hemiplegic migraine, and episodic ataxia.’
    • ‘The most common adverse effects are somnolence, dizziness, ataxia, fatigue and nystagmus.’
    • ‘She then began to complain of decreased appetite, weight loss, urinary incontinence, and ataxia.’


Late 19th century modern Latin, from Greek, from a- ‘without’ + taxis ‘order’. The original sense was ‘irregularity, disorder’, later (in medical use) denoting irregularity of function or symptoms.