par·​es·​the·​sia | \ ˌper-əs-ˈthē-zhə How to pronounce paresthesia (audio) , ˌpa-rəs- \

Definition of paresthesia

: a sensation of pricking, tingling, or creeping on the skin that has no objective cause

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Other Words from paresthesia

paresthetic \ ˌper-​əs-​ˈthe-​tik How to pronounce paresthetic (audio) , ˌpa-​rəs-​ \ adjective

Examples of paresthesia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weakness and tingling in the hands and feet, medically known as paresthesia, are usually its first symptoms. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Tingling in the hands or feet can be associated with COVID-19, but not the way you may think," 18 May 2020 The most common were dizziness, nausea, headache and paresthesia — electric-shock sensations in the brain that many people call brain zaps. Benedict Carey And Robert Gebeloff,, "Long-term use of antidepressants is surging in the US," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of paresthesia

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paresthesia

New Latin, from para- + -esthesia (as in anesthesia)

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The first known use of paresthesia was circa 1860

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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Paresthesia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British paraesthesia \ ˌpar-​es-​ˈthē-​ zh(ē-​)ə How to pronounce paraesthesia (audio) \

Medical Definition of paresthesia

: a sensation of pricking, tingling, or creeping on the skin having no objective cause and usually associated with injury or irritation of a sensory nerve or nerve root

Other Words from paresthesia

paresthetic or chiefly British paraesthetic \ -​ˈthet-​ik How to pronounce paraesthetic (audio) \ adjective

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