Definition of Sciatica

1. Noun. Neuralgia along the sciatic nerve.

Generic synonyms: Neuralgia, Neuralgy
Derivative terms: Sciatic

Definition of Sciatica

1. n. Neuralgia of the sciatic nerve, an affection characterized by paroxysmal attacks of pain in the buttock, back of the thigh, or in the leg or foot, following the course of the branches of the sciatic nerve. The name is also popularly applied to various painful affections of the hip and the parts adjoining it. See Ischiadic passion, under Ischiadic.

Definition of Sciatica

1. Noun. (pathology neurology) Neuralgia of the sciatic nerve characterised by pain radiating down through the buttocks and the back of the thigh. ¹

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Definition of Sciatica

1. a painful disorder of the hip and adjoining areas [n -S]

Medical Definition of Sciatica

1. A syndrome characterised by pain radiating from the back into the buttock and into the lower extremity along its posterior or lateral aspect and most commonly caused by prolapse of the intervertebral disk, the term is also used to refer to pain anywhere along the course of the sciatic nerve. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sciatica

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Literary usage of Sciatica

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1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1890)
"Since then, however, sciatica has been studied in all of its forms, ... A few words, therefore, on the pathology of sciatica will not be out of place in ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1897)
"ABSENCE OF TENDON-ACHILLES REFLEX IN sciatica. At the Soc. Med. des Hop. (Medecine Moderne, December 23, 1896) MJ Babinski reported that he had observed in ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"Deep Perineural Injections for the Relief of Neuralgia and sciatica. ... With regard to the injection treatment of sciatica, Hecht says that alcohol ..."

4. A Text-book of medicine for students and practitioners by Adolf von Strümpell (1901)
"Next to trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica is by far the most frequent, ... Many cases of sciatica are certainly due to such causes as over-exertion of the log ..."

5. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1884)
"The Diagnosis of sciatica.—A diagnostic point in sciatica is given by De Beurmann ... In the diagnosis of sciatica from crural neuralgia, affection of the ..."

6. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1851)
"The operation is in Corsica uniformly performed by the farrier, and the inhabitants, when affected with sciatica, lose no time in applying for his ..."

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