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Meaning of tabes dorsalis

ta'bes dor•sal'is

Pronunciation: (dôr-sal'is, -sā'lis), [key]
— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. syphilis of the spinal cord and its appendages, characterized by shooting pains and other sensory disturbances, and, in the later stages, by paralysis. Also called
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