Definition of sciatica
: pain along the course of a sciatic nerve especially in the back of the thigh; broadly : pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips, or adjacent parts
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More than a decade ago, the biology teacher from County Kerry, Ireland, was laid up in the hospital with sciatica in both legs.
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Origin and Etymology of sciatica
Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, feminine of sciaticus
First Known Use: 14th century
SCIATICA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sciatica for English Language Learners
medical : pain in the lower back, hip, and especially the back of the thigh that is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve
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