- a pain located in the head, as over the eyes, at the temples, or at the base of the skull.
- an annoying or bothersome person, situation, activity, etc.
Origin of headache
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Examples from the Web for headache
Within days of the first symptom, a headache, the patient was fighting for his life.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014
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Severe belly pains, a headache, and fever were the only conclusions Breman could draw.The Original Ebola Hunter
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His headache cured, the man went home and two months later, he was given a clean bill of health.Doctors Say Motörhead Is So Hardcore, They Could Make Your Brain Bleed
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For all of you that suffer from headaches after missing your daily cup of coffee, this is your type of headache.
Nearly 77 percent of all Americans will suffer a headache at some point during their lifetime.
The nurses' rooms were subject to inspection, and she had pleaded a headache.
Carlotta Harrison pleaded a headache, and was excused from the operating-room and from prayers.
Let me hit you but one box on the ear, and you'll never have the headache again.Tanglewood Tales
Mrs. Beaufort, languid and afflicted with headache, said little.Night and Morning, Complete
He went to the dinner, but she did not appear: she had a headache, his hostess explained.The Greater Inclination
- pain in the head, caused by dilation of cerebral arteries, muscle contraction, insufficient oxygen in the cerebral blood, reaction to drugs, etcTechnical name: cephalalgia
- informal any cause of worry, difficulty, or annoyance
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Word Origin and History for headache
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A pain in the head.cephalalgia
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- Pain in the head, caused by stimulation of or pressure to any of various structures of the head, such as tissue covering the cranium, cranial nerves, or blood vessels. Headache can be a primary disorder, as in migraine or cluster headaches, or a common symptom associated with head injury or many illnesses such as acute infection, brain tumor or abscess, eye disorders such as glaucoma, dental disease, and hypertension. See also cluster headache migraine.
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