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phantom limb pain

noun, Pathology.
a phenomenon characterized by the experience of pain, discomfort, or other sensation in the area of a missing limb or other body part, as a breast.
Also called phantom limb, pseudesthesia.
Origin of phantom limb pain
1950-55 Unabridged
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phantom limb

the illusion that a limb still exists following its amputation, sometimes with pain (phantom limb pain)
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phantom limb in Medicine

phantom limb n.
The sensation that an amputated limb is still attached, often associated with painful paresthesia. Also called pseudesthesia.

phantom limb pain n.
Pain or discomfort felt by an amputee in the area of the missing limb.

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