or par·aes·the·sia

[ par-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ ˌpær əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /

noun Pathology.

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

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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for paresthesia

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

    Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
  • 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 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.

British Dictionary definitions for paresthesia

/ (ˌpærɛsˈθiːzɪə) /


pathol the usual US spelling of paraesthesia

Derived forms of paresthesia

paresthetic (ˌpærɛsˈθɛtɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for paresthesia



A skin sensation, such as burning, prickling, itching, or tingling, with no apparent physical cause.

Other words from paresthesia

par′es•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.
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