- An abnormal sensation of the skin, such as numbness, tingling, pricking, burning, or creeping on the skin that has no objective cause. Paresthesia is the usual American spelling and paraesthesia the preferred English spelling. Pronounced par·es·the·sia. From the Greek para- (abnormal) + esthesis (feeling) = an abnormal feeling.
* * *An abnormal sensation, such as of burning, pricking, tickling, or tingling. SYN: paraesthesia. [para- + G. aisthesis, sensation]
* * *par·es·the·sia or chiefly Brit par·aes·the·sia .par-es-'thē- zh(ē-)ə n a sensation of pricking, tingling, or creeping on the skin having no objective cause and usu. associated with injury or irritation of a sensory nerve or nerve rootpar·es·thet·ic or chiefly Brit par·aes·thet·ic -'thet-ik adj
* * *par·es·the·sia (par″es-theґzhə) [para- + -esthesia] an abnormal touch sensation, such as burning, prickling, or formication, often in the absence of an external stimulus. paresthetic adj
Medical dictionary. 2011.