or par·aes·the·sia

[ par-uhs-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
See synonyms for paresthesia on
  1. an abnormal sensation, as prickling, itching, etc.

Origin of paresthesia

From New Latin, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at par-, esthesia

Other words from paresthesia

  • par·es·thet·ic [par-is-thet-ik], /ˌpær ɪsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby paresthesia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use paresthesia in a sentence

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

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
  • The group of symptoms known as paresthesia are rather common as premonitory symptoms of cerebral apoplexy.

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
  • paresthesia and pain, with disappearance of the pulse, can also be noted.

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

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: | Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for paresthesia


/ (ˌpærɛsˈθiːzɪə) /

  1. pathol the usual US spelling of paraesthesia

Derived forms of paresthesia

  • paresthetic (ˌpærɛsˈθɛtɪk), adjective

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