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migraine Syllabification: mi·graine
Pronunciation: /ˈmīˌɡrān/
(also migraine headache)

Definition of migraine in English:


A recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.
Example sentences
  • If you had migraines before you got chronic daily headaches, the migraines might return.
  • Why does one person experience headaches and sore throats whereas another has migraines and tonsillitis?
  • Other symptoms are depression, anxiety, headaches and migraines.


Pronunciation: /-ˌɡrānəs/
Example sentences
  • Others such as acute dissection of the carotid or vertebral artery, subarachnoid haemorrhage, cranial arteritis, and occasionally cerebral tumours may produce migrainous symptoms.
  • Among them, we can mention migrainous and hypertensive headaches.
  • Methods of treating migrainous headaches and their associated symptoms are provided by administering a composition comprising parthenolide or feverfew sublingually to a patient in need thereof.


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

  • People unfortunate enough to suffer from migraine know that this sort of throbbing headache usually affects one side of the head—reflected in the origin of the word. It is a highly shortened form of Greek hemi- ‘half’ and kranion ‘skull’, the source of English cranium (mid 16th century). Until the 20th century the form megrim, also used for a fit of being difficult, was more common than migraine.

Words that rhyme with migraine

ingrain • quatrain
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