- noting or pertaining to a general, nondiscriminating responsiveness to pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to epicritic).
- primitive; primary.
Origin of protopathic
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Protopathic and epicritic sensibility are lost over the radial side of the forearm.
Deep sensibility is usually lost over an area almost as extensive as that of protopathic insensibility.
Protopathic sensibility is lost over an area which varies in different cases.
The areas of epicritic and of protopathic insensibility are illustrated in Fig. 91.
- of or relating to a sensory nerve that perceives only coarse stimuli, such as pain
- of or relating to such perception
C20: from proto- + Greek pathos suffering, disease + -ic
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- Sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus. Used especially of certain sensory nerves.
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