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paresthesia

Syllabification: par·es·the·si·a
Pronunciation: /ˌperəsˈTHēZH(ē)ə
 
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(British paraesthesia)

Definition of paresthesia in English:

noun (plural paresthesiae /-ZHē-ē/ or paresthesias)

Medicine
An abnormal sensation, typically tingling or pricking (“pins and needles”), caused chiefly by pressure on or damage to peripheral nerves.
Example sentences
  • Neurapraxia of the brachial plexus or cervical nerve roots, often called a stinger or burner, causes pain and paresthesia in a single upper extremity, usually radiating from the neck into the shoulder, arm, or hand.
  • Patients with arthritis of the tarsal tunnel may complain of a burning sensation, pain, and paresthesias over the distribution of the posterior tibial nerve and its branches that worsen with weight bearing.
  • In patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, pain and paresthesias may radiate to the forearm, elbow, and shoulder.

Origin

late 19th century: from para-1 'alongside, irregular' + Greek aisthēsis 'sensation' + -ia1.

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