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or par·aes·the·sia

[par-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormal sensation, as prickling, itching, etc.
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Origin of paresthesia

From New Latin, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at par-, esthesia
Related formspar·es·thet·ic [par-is-thet-ik] /ˌpær ɪsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Related Words for paresthesia

numbness, sensation, tingle, formication, paraesthesia, paresthesia, prickling, tingling

Examples from the Web for paresthesia

Historical Examples of paresthesia

  • Paresthesia and pain, with disappearance of the pulse, can also be noted.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • The legs were the seat of a heavy, unwieldy sensation, but there was no numbness or other paresthesia.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • The disturbance of the circulation further leads to numbness, to some anesthesia, and to paresthesia.


    James J. Walsh

  • The group of symptoms known as paresthesia are rather common as premonitory symptoms of cerebral apoplexy.


    James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for paresthesia


  1. pathol the usual US spelling of paraesthesia
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Derived Formsparesthetic (ˌpærɛsˈθɛtɪk), adjective
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paresthesia in Medicine


  1. A skin sensation, such as burning, prickling, itching, or tingling, with no apparent physical cause.
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Related formspar′es•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.
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