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ataxia

a·tax·i·a

ataxia

pronunciation:
taek si
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part of speech: noun
definition: loss or lack of ability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements.
Ataxia makes it difficult for her to pick up objects.
derivation: ataxy (n.)
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The word ataxia contains the following parts:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.
tax, taxo Greek root that means arrangement, order