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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Progressive emaciation of the body, accompanied with hectic fever, with no well-marked local symptoms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. wasting of the body during a chronic disease


Latin tābēs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin (Wiktionary)



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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