re·​ferred ri-ˈfərd How to pronounce referred (audio)
: subjectively localized in one region of the body though originating in another region
It is possible that, in some patients at least, the referred sensations during stimulation reinforce the pain relief produced by the placebo effect.Ronald Melzack et al.
… the doctor was almost sure it was just an infection or perhaps referred pain from the lower backache …Gary Smith

Examples of referred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From there, the existing user needs to send the referral link to the referred friend. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of referred was in 1845

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“Referred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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