Definition of Pain threshold

1. Noun. The lowest intensity of stimulation at which pain is experienced. "Some people have much higher pain thresholds than do other people"

Generic synonyms: Absolute Threshold

Definition of Pain threshold

1. Noun. The minimum intensity or duration of a sensory stimulus applied to a living being at which it becomes considered painful. ¹

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Medical Definition of Pain threshold

1. Amount of stimulation required before the sensation of pain is experienced. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pain Threshold

pain-pleasure principle
pain and suffering
pain au chocolat
pain clinics
pain in the arse
pain in the bum
pain in the neck
pain killer
pain killers
pain measurement
pain pill
pain reaction
pain threshold (current term)
pain thresholds
pain tolerance
pain unit
painful-bruising syndrome
painful anaesthesia
painful haematuria
painful paraplegia
painful point
painful sensation

Literary usage of Pain threshold

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James (1902)
"... a little irritable weakness and descent of the pain-threshold, will bring the worm at the core of all our usual springs of delight into full view, ..."

2. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"Cold-induced pain threshold and pain tolerance were measured in drug- ... pain threshold of both ex-addict groups (DFE and MME) was lower than that of NAS. ..."

3. The American Journal of Insanity by New York (State). State Lunatic Asylum (1906)
"Similar results are found for pain threshold. Usually the statement is made that the pain appreciation in this class of patients is not diminished. ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1893)
"The corresponding average values of the pain threshold were 1.4 ... Thus the pain threshold increases with the area of stimulation, but much more slowly ..."

5. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1896)
"I give below the resulting average values of the pain threshold in kilograms, ... Those having a high pain threshold for the hand were not always ..."

6. On Sensations from Pressure and Impact: With Special Reference to the by Harold Griffing (1895)
"We may, however, use the term to indicate the extent of haptic sensations up to the pain threshold. But are we justified in assuming the pain threshold to ..."

7. Child Victimization: Maltreatment, Bullying and Dating Violence, Prevention Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett, Sarah M. Giacomoni by Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett, Sarah M. Giacomoni (2005)
"... 18-17 Trauma ADHD symptoms and, 6-8-6-9 pain threshold and, 9-4 Trauma reminders, 7-4 Trauma symptoms addressing during treatment with adolescents, ..."

8. The Sensation of Pain and the Theory of the Specific Sense Energies by Anna Jane McKeag (1902)
"From a comparison of the results with this apparatus and those with the stimulus hairs, von Frey believes the pain threshold to be measurable in terms of ..."

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