Definition of Formication

1. Noun. Hallucinated sensation that insects or snakes are crawling over the skin; a common side-effect of extensive use of cocaine or amphetamines.

Generic synonyms: Paraesthesia, Paresthesia
Derivative terms: Formicate



Definition of Formication

1. n. A sensation resembling that made by the creeping of ants on the skin.

Definition of Formication

1. Noun. An abnormal skin sensation similar to that of insects crawling over or within the skin; a tactile hallucination involving such a sensation. A common side-effect of substance abuse, it can also be experienced with high fever, menopause, skin cancer, diabetic neuropathy, or herpes zoster. ¹

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Medical Definition of Formication

1. A sensation resembling that made by the creeping of ants on the skin. Origin: L. Formicatio, fr. Formicare to creep like an ant, to feel as if ants were crawling on one's self, fr. Formica ant: cf. F. Formication. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Formication

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formiminoglutamic acid
formiminotetrahydrofolate cyclodeaminase
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Literary usage of Formication

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1. The Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica: A Record of the Positive Effects of by Timothy Field Allen (1878)
"formication, with a sense as if mice were creeping under the skin,1".—formication on the face, gum, and other parts of the body".—[980. ..."

2. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1866)
"... bat more frequently tingling, formication, or numbness, especially in the extremities. Cutaneous sensibility is sometimes excessive. ..."

3. A Primer of Materia Medica for Practitioners of Homoeopathy by Timothy Field Allen (1891)
"Insensibility of the fingers aud toes, with coldness. and formication ... formication under the skin. Fever: Predominating coldness, cold dry skin, ..."

4. Hull's Jahr: A New Manual of Homoeopathic Practice by Gottlieb Heinrich Georg Jahr, Amos Gerald Hull, Frederick Greenwood Snelling (1885)
"Numb feeling of the calf.—Burning in the feet.—Stinging burning of the toes.—°Erysipelatous peeling off and itching of the feet. °formication in the feet. ..."

5. Text-book of Homeopathic Materia Medica by George Royal (1920)
"Useful for spinal irritation, with heat and sensitiveness; for locomotor ataxia with burning in the spine, lightning-like pains, formication and exhaustion; ..."

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