Share this entry

hemicrania Line breaks: hemi|cra¦nia
Pronunciation: /hɛmɪˈkreɪnɪə/

Definition of hemicrania in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
Pain affecting one side of the head: he had shown that carotid pressure relieved the pain of hemicrania
More example sentences
  • Although similar to cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicrania headaches are briefer and are treated effectively with indomethacin.
  • Paroxysmal hemicrania is characterized by attacks of intense periorbital pain lasting 5 to 30 minutes and occurring up to dozens of times a day.
  • In an earlier paper he had shown that carotid pressure relieved the pain of hemicrania.

Origin

Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek hēmikrania, from hēmi- 'half' + kranion 'skull'.

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources