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megrim

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noun me·grim \ˈmē-grəm\

Definition of megrim

  1. 1 a :  migraine b :  vertigo, dizziness

  2. 2 a :  fancy, whim b plural :  low spirits



Examples of megrim in a sentence

  1. <having no sense of purpose, he was often at the mercy of the strange megrims that sprang into his head>



Did You Know?

Megrim and "migraine" share a meaning and an etymology. Latin and Greek speakers afflicted with a pain in one side of the head called their ailment "hemicrania" or "hēmikrania," from the Greek terms hēmi-, meaning "half," and kranion, meaning "cranium." French-speaking sufferers used "migraine," a modification of "hemicrania," for the same condition. English speakers borrowed "migraine" from French - twice. First, they modified the French term to form "migreime," which in turn gave rise to "megrim" in the 15th century. Later, in the 18th century, they returned to French and borrowed "migraine" again, this time retaining its French spelling. Nowadays, "megrim" and "migraine" can still be used interchangeably, but "megrim" has other meanings as well.

Origin and Etymology of megrim

Middle English migreime, from Middle French migraine — more at migraine


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

megrim

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noun me·grim \ˈmē-grəm\

Medical Definition of megrim

  1. 1a:  migraineb:  vertigo

  2. 2:  any of numerous diseases of animals marked by disturbance of equilibrium and abnormal gait and behavior—usually used in plural




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