Definition of paresthesia in English:


nounplural noun paresthesiae/-ZHē-ē/ , plural noun paresthesias

(British paraesthesia)
  • An abnormal sensation, typically tingling or pricking (“pins and needles”), caused chiefly by pressure on or damage to peripheral nerves.

    ‘patients complain of painful paresthesiae in the hands’
    • ‘side effects include paresthesia’
    • ‘Neurapraxia of the brachial plexus or cervical nerve roots, often called a stinger or burner, causes pain and paresthesia in a single upper extremity, usually radiating from the neck into the shoulder, arm, or hand.’
    • ‘Patients with arthritis of the tarsal tunnel may complain of a burning sensation, pain, and paresthesias over the distribution of the posterior tibial nerve and its branches that worsen with weight bearing.’
    • ‘In patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, pain and paresthesias may radiate to the forearm, elbow, and shoulder.’
    • ‘Other symptoms of polycythemia vera include headaches, transient neurologic or ocular complaints, and paresthesias.’
    • ‘Malignant peripheral nerve tumors that arise from major nerves typically give rise to a striking constellation of sensory and motor symptoms, including projected pain, paresthesias, and weakness.’
    tingle, tingling sensation, tingling, prickling sensation, chill, thrill, itching, creeping sensation, goosebumps, goose pimples, pins and needles



/ˌperəsˈTHēZH(ē)ə/ /ˌpɛrəsˈθiʒ(i)ə/


Mid 19th century from modern Latin, from para-‘alongside, irregular’ + -aesthesia (in anesthesia).