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formication

[fawr-mi-key-shuh n] /ˌfɔr mɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a tactile hallucination involving the belief that something is crawling on the body or under the skin.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin (Pliny) formīcātiōn-, stem of formīcātiō a sensation that ants are crawling on one's skin, equivalent to formicā(re) to have such a sensation (verbal derivative of formīca ant) + -tiōn- -tion
Can be confused
formication, fornication.
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British Dictionary definitions for formication

formication

/ˌfɔːmɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a sensation of insects crawling on the skin; symptom of a nerve disorder
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Word Origin and History for formication
formication
1707, from L. formicationem, noun of action from formicare to crawl like ants, from formica "ant."
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formication in Medicine

formication for·mi·ca·tion (fôr'mĭ-kā'shən)
n.
An abnormal sensation as of insects running over or into the skin, associated with cocaine intoxication or disease of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves.

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