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sciatica Line breaks: sci¦at|ica
Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈatɪkə/

Definition of sciatica in English:


[mass noun]
Pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disc.
Example sentences
  • The commonest cause of true sciatica is prolapse of intervertebral discs.
  • Prolotherapy is applicable to arthritis, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, degenerative discs, torn rotator cuffs, knee and ankle instability and wrist injuries.
  • These populations are clinically and pathologically distinct from patients with back pain or sciatica who are treated by most clinicians and included in all the other trials.


Late Middle English: from late Latin sciatica (passio) '(affliction) of sciatica', feminine of sciaticus, from Greek iskhiadikos (see sciatic).

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Attica, hepatica, viatica

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