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formication Line breaks: for¦mi|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌfɔːmɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of formication in English:


[mass noun]
A sensation like insects crawling over the skin.
Example sentences
  • Itching, tingling, and ‘formication’ (sensation as of crawling insects) are also common symptoms due to bubbles forming in the skin.
  • Pimozide is similar to haloperidol in chemical structure and potency, and has been shown to be uniquely effective in the treatment of this condition, especially in decreasing formication.
  • Here the symptoms were epileptic seizures, spastic movements, dance-like twitching, and formication.


Early 18th century: from Latin formicatio(n-), from formicare 'crawl like an ant' (said of the pulse or skin), from formica 'ant'.

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