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.

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

Medicine definitions for phantom limb pain

phantom limb pain


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