lancinating

adjective lan·ci·nat·ing \ ˈlan(t)-sə-ˌnā-tiŋ \

Definition of lancinating

:characterized by piercing or stabbing sensations
  • lancinating pain

Origin and Etymology of lancinating

lancinate to pierce, from Latin lancinatus, past participle of lancinare; akin to Latin lacerare to rend — more at lacerate


Medical Dictionary

lancinating

adjective lan·ci·nat·ing \ ˈlan(t)-sə-ˌnāt-iŋ \

medical Definition of lancinating

:characterized by piercing or stabbing sensations
  • The patient's lancinating pain is clearly indicative of nerve irritation …
  • —Milton AlterThe Journal of the American Medical Association1 June 1984

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