Definition of paraesthesia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌparɪsˈθiːzɪə/
(US paresthesia)

noun (plural paraesthesiae /ˌparɪsˈθiːzɪiː/ or paraesthesias)

[mass noun] Medicine
An abnormal sensation, typically tingling or pricking (‘pins and needles’), caused chiefly by pressure on or damage to peripheral nerves: patients complain of painful paraesthesiae in the hands [mass noun]: side effects include paraesthesia
More 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.


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

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