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epicritic

[ep-i-krit-ik] /ˌɛp ɪˈkrɪt ɪk/
adjective, Physiology.
1.
noting or pertaining to a discriminating responsiveness to small variations in pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to protopathic).
Origin of epicritic
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05, epicritic is from the Greek word epikrítikos determinative. See epicrisis1, -tic
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Examples from the Web for epicritic
Historical Examples
  • Protopathic and epicritic sensibility are lost over the radial side of the forearm.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The areas of epicritic and of protopathic insensibility are illustrated in Fig. 91.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for epicritic

epicritic

/ˌɛpɪˈkrɪtɪk/
adjective
1.
(of certain nerve fibres of the skin) serving to perceive and distinguish fine variations of temperature or touch
Word Origin
C20: from Greek epikritikos decisive, from epikrinein to decide, from epi- + krinein to judge
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epicritic in Medicine

epicritic ep·i·crit·ic (ěp'ĭ-krĭt'ĭk)
adj.
Of, relating to, or mediating the ability to discriminate slight differences in sensory stimuli, especially of touch and temperature.

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