epicritic

[ ep-i-krit-ik ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈkrɪt ɪk /

adjective Physiology.

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

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Origin of epicritic

First recorded in 1900–05, epicritic is from the Greek word epikrítikos determinative. See epicrisis1, -tic
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Example sentences from the Web for 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

epicritic
/ (ˌɛpɪˈkrɪtɪk) /

adjective

(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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Medical definitions for epicritic

epicritic
[ ĕp′ĭ-krĭtĭk ]

adj.

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