lancinating

adjective
lan·​ci·​nat·​ing | \ ˈlan(t)-sə-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce lancinating (audio) \

Definition of lancinating

: characterized by piercing or stabbing sensations lancinating pain

First Known Use of lancinating

1762, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lancinating

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

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“Lancinating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lancinating. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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lancinating

adjective
lan·​ci·​nat·​ing | \ ˈlan(t)-sə-ˌnāt-iŋ How to pronounce lancinating (audio) \

Medical Definition of lancinating

: 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, 1 June 1984

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