aura

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noun au·ra \ˈȯr-ə\

Definition of aura

  1. 1 a :  a subtle sensory stimulus (as an aroma) b :  a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source <the place had an aura of mystery>

  2. 2 :  a luminous radiation :  nimbus

  3. 3 :  a subjective sensation (as of lights) experienced before an attack of some disorders (as epilepsy or a migraine)

  4. 4 :  an energy field that is held to emanate from a living being

Examples of aura in a sentence

  1. <the monastery perched high on a mountaintop had an aura of unreality and mystery about it>

  2. <alternative medical treatments that rely on the practitioner's ability to detect a patient's aura>

Origin and Etymology of aura

Middle English, from Latin, puff of air, breeze, from Greek; probably akin to Greek aēr air


First Known Use: 1694


AURA Defined for English Language Learners

aura

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noun au·ra \ˈȯr-ə\

Definition of aura for English Language Learners

  • : a special quality or feeling that seems to come from a person, place, or thing


AURA Defined for Kids

aura

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noun au·ra \ˈȯr-ə\

Definition of aura for Students

  1. :  a feeling that seems to be given off by a person or thing <There is an aura of mystery about the house.>


Medical Dictionary

aura

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noun au·ra \ˈȯr-ə\

Medical Definition of aura

plural

auras

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aurae

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  1. :  a subjective sensation (as of voices or colored lights or crawling and numbness) experienced at the onset of a neurological condition and especially a migraine or epileptic seizure <About 20 percent of migraine sufferers experience an aura as the first symptom of an attack. The aura may be a pulsing star of light, or a dance of geometric forms across the visual field, sometimes turning into hallucinations …—Natalie Angier, The New York Times, 14 Sept. 1993> <The migraine aura, which consists of episodes of well-defined, transient, focal neurologic dysfunction, develops over the course of more than 4 minutes and usually lasts no more than 60 minutes.—Sid Gilman, The New England Journal of Medicine, 11 June 1992> <The aura is due to electrical activity originating from the seizure focus and thus represents the earliest manifestations of a partial seizure.—Gary L. Westbrook, in Principles of Neural Science, 4th edition, 2000>



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