adjective Physiology.

noting or pertaining to a discriminating responsiveness to small variations in pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to protopathic).

Origin of epicritic

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 of epicritic

  • 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



(of certain nerve fibres of the skin) serving to perceive and distinguish fine variations of temperature or touch

Word Origin for epicritic

C20: from Greek epikritikos decisive, from epikrinein to decide, from epi- + krinein to judge
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epicritic in Medicine




Of, relating to, or mediating the ability to discriminate slight differences in sensory stimuli, especially of touch and temperature.
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