Definition of paresthesia in English:


(British paraesthesia)

Pronunciation /ˌperəsˈTHēZH(ē)ə/ /ˌpɛrəsˈθiʒ(i)ə/

nounparesthesiae, paresthesias

  • 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


Late 19th century from para-‘alongside, irregular’ + Greek aisthēsis ‘sensation’+ -ia.