radiculopathy

noun
ra·​dic·​u·​lop·​a·​thy | \ rə-ˌdi-kyə-ˈlä-pə-thē How to pronounce radiculopathy (audio) \

Definition of radiculopathy

: irritation of or injury to a nerve root (as from being compressed) that typically causes pain, numbness, or weakness in the part of the body which is supplied with nerves from that root

First Known Use of radiculopathy

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for radiculopathy

Latin radicula + English -o- + -pathy

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“Radiculopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiculopathy. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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radiculopathy

noun
ra·​dic·​u·​lop·​a·​thy | \ -ˈläp-ə-thē How to pronounce radiculopathy (audio) \
plural radiculopathies

Medical Definition of radiculopathy

: irritation of or injury to a nerve root (as from being compressed) that typically causes pain, numbness, or weakness in the part of the body which is supplied with nerves from that root …a compression radiculopathy of the left sixth cervical root.— Daniel J. McCarty, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 15 Nov. 1985 In the absence of radiculopathies or nerve entrapments, treatment should be directed to mechanical and orthotic correction of postures …— Laura K. Smith, Neurological Rehabiliation, 1990

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