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

Examples of claudication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 15% of his patients who underwent a first-time atherectomy, 170 of them, appeared to have milder disease based on their diagnosis for claudication, according to the data. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 12 Dec. 2023 Some doctors said billing errors explained their high rates of intervention on claudication patients. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 12 Dec. 2023 Muscle Pain During Exercise A common sign of PAD is muscle pain, known as claudication, which can include aching, cramping, numbness, and fatigue. Mary Nolan-Pleckham, Health, 27 Aug. 2023 For mild cases, like patients with just claudication, best practices recommend that doctors start with noninvasive treatments, which can slow or even reverse symptoms. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 30 June 2023 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 23 Jul. 2024.

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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