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1. Disorder; irregularity.

2. (Science: medicine) Irregularity in disease, or in the functions. The state of disorder that characterises nervous fevers and the nervous condition. Locomotor ataxia. See locomotor.

Origin: NL. Ataxia, gr, fr. Out of order; priv. _ ordered, arranged, to put in order: cf. F. Ataxie.