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[klaw-di-key-shuh n]
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  1. a limp or a lameness.
  2. leg weakness associated with circulation difficulties, relieved by rest.

Origin of claudication

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin claudicātiōn- (stem of claudicātiō), equivalent to claudic(āre) to limp (derivative of claudus lame) + -atiōn- -ation
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Examples from the Web for claudication

Historical Examples

  • Erb has reported a large series of intermittent limp (claudication) from his private practice.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for claudication


  1. limping; lameness
  2. pathol short for intermittent claudication

Word Origin

C18: from Latin claudicātiō, from claudicāre, from claudus lame
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Word Origin and History for claudication


1550s, from Middle French claudication (13c.) or directly from Latin claudicationem (nominative claudicatio) "a limping," noun of action from past participle stem of claudicare "to limp, be lame," from claudus "limping, halting, lame." Related: Claudicant (adj.); claudicate.

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claudication in Medicine


  1. A halt or lameness in a person's walk; a limp.
  2. intermittent claudication