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Related to tabes mesenterica: tabes dorsalis
1. wasting of the body or a part of it.
2. tabes dorsalis. adj., adj tabet´ic.
tabes dorsa´lis a slowly progressive nervous disorder, from degeneration of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord and sensory nerve trunks, resulting in disturbances of sensation and interference with reflexes and consequently with movements; called also locomotor ataxia. It is caused by syphilis and may appear 5 to 20 years after initial infection. Its course is slow but progressive; it can often be arrested, but complete cure is rare. The first symptoms are pain in the lower limbs, upper limbs, or trunk, loss of posture sense, and Argyll Robertson pupils (pupils that are uneven and do not react to light). Unless the patient looks down at his legs he does not know where they are and must depend on his vision for each step. The typical gait of a tabetic patient is jerky and wide-based.
tabes mesente´rica tuberculosis of the mesenteric glands in children.
tuberculosis of the mesenteric and retroperitoneal lymph nodes.
tabes mesentericaAn obsolete term for tuberculous mesenteric lymphadenitis-related cachexia.
ta·bes mes·en·te·ri·ca(tā'bēz mez-en-ter'i-kă)
Tuberculosis of the mesenteric and retroperitoneal lymph nodes.