Briquet ataxia

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hys·ter·ic a·tax·i·a

inability to coordinate limb movements accurately because of functional loss of skin sensation. See: hysteria.


(his-tē'rē-ă), Negative or pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
A term derived from the ancient Greek concept of a wandering uterus, denoting maladies involving physical symptoms that seem better explained by psychological factors. The concept of hysteria is historicaly differentiated into somatization disorder and conversion disorder, both of which are considered types of somatoform disorders in the DSM. The current ICD-10, however, places conversion disorder with dissociative disorders, not with somatoform disorders. See: conversion, psychogenic, psychosomatic.
[G. hystera, womb, from the original notion of womb-related disturbances in women]
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Bri·quet a·tax·i·a

(brē-kā' ă-tak'sē-ă)
Weakening of the muscle sense and increased sensibility of the skin, in hysteria.
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Paul, French physician, 1796-1881.
Briquet ataxia - weakening of the muscle sense and increased sensibility of the skin, in hysteria. Synonym(s): hysterical ataxia
Briquet syndrome - a chronic but fluctuating mental disorder, usually of young women, characterized by frequent complaints of physical illness involving multiple organ systems simultaneously.
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