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a wasting condition associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It may be accompanied by sharp pain, muscle weakness, atrophy of intrinsic foot muscles, and weakness of the toes' extensors and flexors. It may lead to foot drop because of ankle weakness. When these manifestations coexist with decreased proprioception in the feet, "pseudotabetic" gait may occur.
An obsolete term for diabetic neuropathy.
See also: tabes