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or paraesthesia

[par-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /ˌpær əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/
noun, Pathology.
an abnormal sensation, as prickling, itching, etc.
Origin of paresthesia
From New Latin, dating back to 1855-60; See origin at par-, esthesia
Related forms
[par-is-thet-ik] /ˌpær ɪsˈθɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for paresthesia
Historical Examples
  • paresthesia and pain, with disappearance of the pulse, can also be noted.

  • The legs were the seat of a heavy, unwieldy sensation, but there was no numbness or other paresthesia.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • The disturbance of the circulation further leads to numbness, to some anesthesia, and to paresthesia.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • The group of symptoms known as paresthesia are rather common as premonitory symptoms of cerebral apoplexy.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for paresthesia


(pathol) the usual US spelling of paraesthesia
Derived Forms
paresthetic (ˌpærɛsˈθɛtɪk) adjective
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paresthesia in Medicine

paresthesia par·es·the·sia or par·aes·the·sia (pār'ĭs-thē'zhə)
A skin sensation, such as burning, prickling, itching, or tingling, with no apparent physical cause.

par'es·thet'ic (-thět'ĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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