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Monday, March 09, 2015

Definitions for formication

  1. a tactile hallucination involving the belief that something is crawling on the body or under the skin.

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Citations for formication
“They say not.” “I was told he was.” “Perhaps you will allow me to know better,” said the doctor. As though to resolve the argument, a muffled voice from the stretcher said: “Itching, Eddie. Itching all over like hell.” “Formication,” said the doctor. Evelyn Waugh, Officers and Gentlemen, 1955
Do I have trouble recalling certain intervals in the Kemp and Limbaugh administrations? No contest. Is there a spot of domestic turbulence surrounding my intake? Why yes there is. Did I experience yes some formication in detox? I did. David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, 1996
Origin of formication
1700-1710
Formication came to English in the early 1700s from the Latin formīcāre "to have a sensation that ants are crawling on one's skin."
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