sciatica

noun
sci·​at·​i·​ca | \ sī-ˈa-ti-kə \

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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With weekly dialysis treatments came a multitude of side effects: weight loss, sciatica, fluid retention and vision damage. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Sarah Hyland Talks to 'Self' About Her Second Kidney Transplant and Suicidal Thoughts," 10 Dec. 2018 But that’s what can happen with the painful condition sciatica. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is the Number One Sign You Have Sciatica," 29 Aug. 2018 Most cases of sciatica do respond to these kinds of treatments. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is the Number One Sign You Have Sciatica," 29 Aug. 2018 Moore also described to the judge Payton's health problems, including sciatica, which can cause pain the back and legs. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Man sentenced for dismembering girlfriend's body with power saw, dumping her behind store," 26 Feb. 2018 Researchers plan to enroll patients with lower back and leg pain brought on by sciatica, or compression of spinal nerves. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Rothman Institute in Philly will study medical marijuana for pain," 22 Feb. 2018 Degenerative disc disease: condition in which a damaged vertebral disc causes chronic pain – either low back pain (and/or leg pain, sciatica) in the lumbar spine or neck pain (and/or arm pain) in the cervical spine. St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Cincinnati.com, "Spine Center helps chronic back, neck pain," 23 Oct. 2017 Sarah B., a 43-year-old construction worker in Vancouver, Wash., said when her father entered hospice care at his home in Oregon, she was addicted to opioids, stemming from a hydrocodone prescription for sciatica. Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News, "Dying At Home In An Opioid Crisis: Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds," 22 Aug. 2017 Sarah B., a 43-year-old construction worker in Vancouver, Washington, said that when her father entered hospice care at his home in Oregon, she was addicted to opioids, stemming from a hydrocodone prescription for sciatica. chicagotribune.com, "Hospices can be a source of illicit opioids," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sciatica

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sciatica

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, feminine of sciaticus

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sciatica

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English Language Learners Definition of sciatica

medical : pain in the lower back, hip, and especially the back of the thigh that is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve

sciatica

noun
sci·​at·​i·​ca | \ sī-ˈat-i-kə \

Medical Definition of sciatica 

: pain along the course of a sciatic nerve especially in the back of the thigh caused by compression, inflammation, or reflex mechanisms broadly : pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips, or adjacent parts

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