Definition of Phantom limb

1. Noun. The illusion that a limb still exists after it has been amputated.

Generic synonyms: Illusion, Semblance

Definition of Phantom limb

1. Noun. (pathology) The false sensation, which is often painful, that an amputated limb is still present and attached. ¹

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Medical Definition of Phantom limb

1. The sensation, after amputation of a limb, that the absent part is still present; there may also be paresthesias, transient aches, and intermittent or continuous pain perceived as originating in the absent limb. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phantom Limb

phantasy life
phantasy world
phantom aneurysm
phantom corpuscle
phantom limb (current term)
phantom limb pain
phantom limb syndrome
phantom limbs
phantom orchid
phantom pain
phantom pains
phantom pregnancy
phantom punch
phantom tumour

Literary usage of Phantom limb

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1. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"The least serious type is a vaguely distributed discomfort in the phantom limb associated with muscle tenderness or spasm in the stump. ..."

2. Elements of Psychology by Noah Knowles Davis (1892)
"The remarkable illusion, known in surgery as "the phantom limb,'' not only accords with, but strongly confirms this view.2 What has been said of the ..."

3. Treatment by Hypnotism and Suggestion: Or, Psycho-therapeutics by Charles Lloyd Tuckey (1907)
"I have been called upon to treat two cases of ' phantom limb,' after ... Van Eeden tells me that he has seen a case of phantom limb and epilepsy cured by ..."

4. Isis Unveiled: A Master-key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1891)
"The same principle involved in the unconscious extrusion of a phantom limb by the cataleptic medium, applies to the projection of his entire " double" or ..."

5. A Text-book of Psychiatry for Physicians and Students by Leonardo Bianchi (1906)
"... referred to parts of the body that have been amputated for some time ; momentary sensations in the phantom limb by exciting the corresponding nerve ..."

6. Radiant Healing: The Many Paths to Personal Harmony and Planetary Wholeness by Bellamy Isabel, Isabel Bellamy, Donald MacLean, Maclean Donald (2005)
"... image A piece of the leaf is torn off and destroyed Kirlian image shows a phantom of the missing piece. The etheric body of the leaf phantom limb Pain ..."

7. The Psychology of Thought and Feeling: A Conservative Interpretation of by Charles Platt (1921)
"... this "phantom limb" may be quite as real as though the limb was still there. Stimulation, then, of a visual area, even when the stimulation is from ..."

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