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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A severe recurring headache, usually affecting only one side of the head, characterized by sharp pain and often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances. Also called megrim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A severe, disabling headache, usually affecting only one side of the head, and often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, photophobia and visual disturbances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of intense sick or nervous headache, usually periodical and confined to one side of the head; called also migraine headache. Same as megrim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as megrim.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin hēmicrānia, from Greek hēmikrāniā : hēmi-, hemi- + krānion, head.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1777 re-spelling (following French) of late 14th century Middle English megrim, from 13th century Old French migraigne, from Vulgar Latin pronunciation of Late Latin hemicrania ("pain in one half of the head"), from Ancient Greek ἡμικρανία (hemikrania), from ἡμι- (hēmi-, "hemi-, half") + κρανίον (kranion, "skull") (from whence also cranium) < a literal translation of Egyptian gs-tp 'headache'[2]. (Wiktionary)

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