- a tactile hallucination involving the belief that something is crawling on the body or under the skin.
Origin of formication
Related Words for formicationnumbness, sensation, tingle, formication, paraesthesia, paresthesia, prickling, tingling
Examples from the Web for formication
Historical Examples of formication
Formication and dilatation of the pupils are frequent symptoms.
The thighs begin to struggle, as if formication was going on in the muscles.The Delight Makers
Both diarrhœa and formication were also absent in a third case reported by Dr. Busscher in the same paper.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
Formication, radiating pains, and neuralgia are present in the area of distribution of the nerves implicated.
- a sensation of insects crawling on the skin; symptom of a nerve disorder
crawling sensation as of ants on the skin, 1707, from Latin formicationem, noun of action from formicare "to crawl like ants," from formica "ant" (see Formica (n.2)).
- An abnormal sensation as of insects running over or into the skin, associated with cocaine intoxication or disease of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves.