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
Recent Examples of sciatica from the Web
Olivia Newton-John has postponed this month's tour dates due to sciatica, according to her manager.
The singer and actress will reschedule her May shows because of problems with sciatica.
The statement on his website said the bottom disc in Woods’s lower back had severely narrowed, causing sciatica and severe pain in his back and legs.
Margolis wears it on her neck; her mother uses it for sciatica.
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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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