[ur-ti-key-shuh n]

Origin of urtication

1645–55; < Medieval Latin urtīcātiōn- (stem of urtīcātiō) a stinging, equivalent to urtīcāt(us) (see urticate) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for urtication

Historical Examples of urtication

  • In a medical point of view, urtication, or stinging with nettles, is a practice not sufficiently appreciated.

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    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen

British Dictionary definitions for urtication


  1. a burning or itching sensation
  2. another name for urticaria
  3. a former method of producing counterirritation of the skin by beating the area with nettles
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urtication in Medicine


  1. The formation or development of urticaria.
  2. The sensation of having been stung by nettles.
  3. A lashing with nettles formerly used to treat a paralyzed part of the body.
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