American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Pain along the sciatic nerve usually caused by a herniated disk of the lumbar region of the spine and radiating to the buttocks and to the back of the thigh.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pain and tenderness in a sciatic nerve, its branches and peripheral distribution. It is properly restricted to cases in which the trouble is essentially neural, and is not due to extraneous disease, as to pelvic neoplasms or the like. It appears to be usually a neuritis of the sciatic, though some, probably rare, cases may be strictly neuralgic. The neuritis may be produced by gout, cold, or other causes. Also called
- n. pathology, neurology Neuralgia of the sciatic nerve characterised by pain radiating down through the buttocks and the back of the thigh.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) Neuralgia of the sciatic nerve, an affection characterized by paroxysmal attacks of pain in the buttock, back of the thigh, or in the leg or foot, following the course of the branches of the sciatic nerve. The name is also popularly applied to various painful affections of the hip and the parts adjoining it. See Ischiadic passion, under ischiadic.
- n. neuralgia along the sciatic nerve
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from feminine of sciaticus, of the hip; see sciatic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I love the indigenous rustic stuff, but my sciatica is screaming for at least one comfortable stuffed, upholstered chair to spend the evening in with my books and music.”
“People didn't have LiveJournals to moan in back then, and even if they did the comments to all of your "My sciatica is acting up again" posts would be, "Well, I hope you can get to work on time or else you'll starve to death.”
“This is often called sciatica, although the sciatic nerve that runs down the leg is often not to blame, Beiner said.”
“Her right hand shakes, her fingers are gnarled from arthritis, her sciatica is a source of constant pain.”
“The sciatica was a dear enemy of long standing, always affectionately referred to by the forgiving”
“As to sciatica, that is all nonsense; the blow in his side has done some serious damage, and if it is not well looked-to, who knows what will be the end of it!”
“The pain sometimes extends on the outside of the thigh from the hip to the ankle, heel, or toes, and is then called sciatica; and has been thought to consist in an inflammation of the theca, or covering of the sciatic nerve, as the pain sometimes so exactly attends the principal branches of that nerve.”
“A newly developed animal model for the painful nerve condition known as sciatica should help researc ...”
“One example of peripheral neuropathic pain is "radicular" low back pain (also called sciatica).”
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