Meaning of formication in English:


Pronunciation /ˌfɔːmɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun
  • A sensation like insects crawling over the skin.

    ‘Itching, tingling, and ‘formication’ (sensation as of crawling insects) are also common symptoms due to bubbles forming in the skin.’
    • ‘Pimozide is similar to haloperidol in chemical structure and potency, and has been shown to be uniquely effective in the treatment of this condition, especially in decreasing formication.’
    • ‘Here the symptoms were epileptic seizures, dance-like twitching, and formication.’
    • ‘My limited knowledge tells me it could be connected to the onset of menopause - formication.’
    • ‘My understanding is that the word ‘formication’ is used by doctors to imply an imaginary itching.’
    • ‘The sores on the arms are from something called ‘formication’.’
    • ‘The name for this sensation is formication (with an ‘m’).’
    tingle, tingling sensation, tingling, prickling sensation, chill, thrill, itching, creeping sensation, goosebumps, goose pimples, pins and needles


Early 18th century from Latin formicatio(n-), from formicare ‘crawl like an ant’ (said of the pulse or skin), from formica ‘ant’.