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adjective Medicine/Medical.
  1. (of pains) sharp and piercing.
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Origin of fulgurating

First recorded in 1670–80; fulgurate + -ing2


verb (used without object), ful·gu·rat·ed, ful·gu·rat·ing.
  1. to flash or dart like lightning.
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verb (used with object), ful·gu·rat·ed, ful·gu·rat·ing.
  1. Medicine/Medical. to destroy (especially an abnormal growth) by electricity.
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Origin of fulgurate

1670–80; < Latin fulgurātus, past participle of fulgurāre to flash, glitter, lighten, derivative of fulgur flash of lightning
Related formsful·gu·ra·tion, noun
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Related Words for fulgurating

shine, flash, illuminate, flare, flicker, shimmer, explode, sparkle, gleam, radiate, glow, incandesce, illumine, glare, jet, fire, light, beam, flame, scintillate

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Historical Examples of fulgurating

  • How long the young swells have envied Edgar the unusual and fulgurating brilliancy of his headgear!

    A Chambermaid's Diary

    Octave Mirbeau

  • It is terrified, like Delphos at the fulgurating realities of the vision; it makes tables turn as Dodona did tripods.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo

British Dictionary definitions for fulgurating


  1. pathol (of pain) sudden and sharp; piercing
  2. surgery of or relating to fulguration
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  1. (intr) rare to flash like lightning
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Derived Formsfulgurant (ˈfʌlɡjʊrənt), adjective

Word Origin for fulgurate

C17: from Latin fulgurāre, from fulgur lightning
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fulgurating in Medicine


(fulgyə-rā′tĭng, -gə-, fŭl-)
  1. Lightninglike, especially of sudden shooting pain.
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