sciatica

noun
sci·​at·​i·​ca | \ sī-ˈa-ti-kə How to pronounce sciatica (audio) \

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

Examples of sciatica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Francis was visibly limping in a sign his sciatica, which has flared and forced him to cancel events recently, was possibly bothering him. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Pope begins historic visit to Iraq, urges Muslim majority to embrace nation’s Christians," 5 Mar. 2021 Francis was visibly limping in a sign his sciatica, which has flared and forced him to cancel events recently, was possibly bothering him. Nicole Winfield And Samya Kullab, chicagotribune.com, "Pope Francis urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on the first-ever papal visit to the country," 5 Mar. 2021 Francis was visibly limping in a sign his sciatica, which has flared and forced him to cancel events recently, was possibly bothering him. NBC News, "Pope Francis begins historic Iraq visit despite security and coronavirus risks," 5 Mar. 2021 But then sciatica became an issue; Sisi’s last hunt was in 1882. David Netto, Town & Country, "Was This Photo of an Austrian Empress the World's First Paparazzi Photo?," 7 Aug. 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sciatica. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce sciatica (audio) \

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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