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migraine

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noun mi·graine \ˈmī-ˌgrān, British often ˈmē-\

Simple Definition of migraine

  • : a very bad headache

Full Definition of migraine

  1. 1 :  a condition marked by recurrent severe headache often with nausea and vomiting

  2. 2 :  an episode or attack of migraine

mi·grain·ous play \-ˌgrā-nəs\ adjective

Origin of migraine

Middle English mygreyn, from Middle French migraine, modification of Late Latin hemicrania pain in one side of the head, from Greek hēmikrania, from hēmi- hemi- + kranion cranium


First Known Use: 15th century


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migraine

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noun mi·graine \ˈmī-ˌgrān, British often ˈmē-\

Medical Definition of migraine

  1. 1:  a condition that is marked by recurrent usually unilateral severe headache often accompanied by nausea and vomiting and followed by sleep, that tends to occur in more than one member of a family, and that is of uncertain origin though attacks appear to be precipitated by dilatation of intracranial blood vessels

  2. 2:  an episode or attack of migraine <suffers from migraines>—called also sick headache

  3. mi·grain·ous \-ˌgrā-nəs\play adjective




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