vellication

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vellication a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vellication (Med) A local twitching, or convulsive motion, of a muscular fiber, especially of the face.
    • Vellication The act of twitching, or of causing to twitch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vellication The act of twitching or of causing to twitch.
    • n vellication A twitching or convulsive motion of a muscular fiber. Compare subsultus.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vellicatio,

Usage

In literature:

Thus, if you vellicate the throat with a feather, nausea is produced; if you wound it with a penknife, pain is induced, but not sickness.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
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