- noting or pertaining to a discriminating responsiveness to small variations in pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to protopathic).
Origin of epicritic
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Protopathic and epicritic sensibility are lost over the radial side of the forearm.
The areas of epicritic and of protopathic insensibility are illustrated in Fig. 91.
- (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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- Of, relating to, or mediating the ability to discriminate slight differences in sensory stimuli, especially of touch and temperature.
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