lancinating

adjective

lan·​ci·​nat·​ing ˈlan(t)-sə-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce lancinating (audio)
: characterized by piercing or stabbing sensations
lancinating pain

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lancinating was in 1762

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Cite this Entry

“Lancinating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lancinating. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

lancinating

adjective
lan·​ci·​nat·​ing ˈlan(t)-sə-ˌnāt-iŋ How to pronounce lancinating (audio)
: characterized by piercing or stabbing sensations
The patient's lancinating pain is clearly indicative of nerve irritation …Milton Alter, The Journal of the American Medical Association
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