Definition of sciatica in English:

sciatica

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

[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.
More 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.

Origin

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

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