clau·​di·​ca·​tion ˌklȯ-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce claudication (audio)
: a state or condition marked by limping

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Doc talk Intermittent claudication Pain and cramping in the legs during exercise that is caused by narrowed or blocked arteries. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Latin claudication-, claudicatio, from claudicare to limp, from claudus lame

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of claudication was in the 15th century

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“Claudication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


clau·​di·​ca·​tion ˌklȯd-ə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce claudication (audio)
: a state or condition marked by limping

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