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migraine

[mahy-greyn or, British, mee-] /ˈmaɪ greɪn or, British, ˈmi-/
noun
1.
an extremely severe paroxysmal headache, usually confined to one side of the head and often associated with nausea; hemicrania.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin hēmicrānia hemicrania; cf. megrim
Related forms
migrainoid, adjective
migrainous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for migrainoid

migraine

/ˈmiːɡreɪn; ˈmaɪ-/
noun
1.
a throbbing headache usually affecting only one side of the head and commonly accompanied by nausea and visual disturbances
Derived Forms
migrainous, adjective
Word Origin
C18: (earlier form, C14 mygramemegrim1): from French, from Late Latin hēmicrānia pain in half of the head, from Greek hēmikrania, from hemi- + kranioncranium
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Word Origin and History for migrainoid

migraine

n.

late 14c., megrim, from Old French migraigne (13c.), from vulgar pronunciation of Late Latin hemicrania "pain in one side of the head, headache," from Greek hemikrania, from hemi- "half" + kranion "skull" (see cranium). The Middle English form was re-spelled 1777 on the French model. Related: Migrainous.

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migrainoid in Medicine

migraine mi·graine (mī'grān')
n.
A severe recurring headache, usually affecting only one side of the head, that is characterized by sharp pain and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances. Also called hemicrania, megrim, sick headache.

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migrainoid in Science
migraine
  (mī'grān')   
A severe recurring headache, usually affecting only one side of the head, that is characterized by sharp, throbbing pain and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and visual disturbances. Vasodilation in the brain causes inflammation that results in pain, but the exact cause of migraine is unknown.
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