headache

[hed-eyk]
noun
1.
a pain located in the head, as over the eyes, at the temples, or at the base of the skull.
2.
an annoying or bothersome person, situation, activity, etc.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hēafodece. See head, ache

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headache (ˈhɛdˌeɪk)
 
n
1.  Technical name: cephalalgia pain in the head, caused by dilation of cerebral arteries, muscle contraction, insufficient oxygen in the cerebral blood, reaction to drugs, etc
2.  informal any cause of worry, difficulty, or annoyance

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headache
O.E. heafod ece, from head + ache. Colloquial sense of "troublesome problem" is first recorded 1934.
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Medical Dictionary

headache head·ache (hěd'āk')
n.
A pain in the head. Also called cephalalgia.

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headache  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (hěd'āk')  Pronunciation Key 
Pain in the head, caused by stimulation of or pressure to any of various structures of the head, such as tissue covering the cranium, cranial nerves, or blood vessels. Headache can be a primary disorder, as in migraine or cluster headaches, or a common symptom associated with head injury or many illnesses such as acute infection, brain tumor or abscess, eye disorders such as glaucoma, dental disease, and hypertension. See also cluster headache, migraine.

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headache definition


  1. n.
    an annoying person or thing. : Cars can be such a headache.
  2. n.
    liquor. : Pour me some more of that headache, will you?
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