Etymology
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tabes (n.)

"emaciation," 1650s, medical Latin, from Latin tabes "a melting, wasting away, putrefaction," from tabere "to melt, waste away, be consumed," from PIE *ta- "to melt, dissolve" (see thaw (v.)).

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Definitions of tabes

tabes (n.)
wasting of the body during a chronic disease;
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