phantom limb pain

noun Pathology.

a phenomenon characterized by the experience of pain, discomfort, or other sensation in the area of a missing limb or other body part, as a breast.

Nearby words

  1. phantasy,
  2. phantom,
  3. phantom circuit,
  4. phantom corpuscle,
  5. phantom limb,
  6. phantom pregnancy,
  7. phantom stock,
  8. phantom tumor,
  9. phantom withdrawal,
  10. phar.

Origin of phantom limb pain

First recorded in 1950–55

Also called phantom limb, pseudesthesia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phantom limb

phantom limb


the illusion that a limb still exists following its amputation, sometimes with pain (phantom limb pain)
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Medicine definitions for phantom limb

phantom limb


The sensation that an amputated limb is still attached, often associated with painful paresthesia.pseudesthesia

phantom limb pain


Pain or discomfort felt by an amputee in the area of the missing limb.

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