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Medical Term:

migraine

Pronunciation: mi'gran, mi-gran'

Definition: A familial, recurrent syndrome characterized usually by unilateral head pain, accompanied by various focal disturbances of the nervous system, particularly in regard to visual phenomenon, such as scintillating scotomas. Classified as classic migraine, common migraine, cluster headache, hemiplegic migraine, ophthalmoplegic migraine, and ophthalmic migraine.

Synonym(s): bilious headache, blind headache, hemicrania1, sick headache, vascular headache

[through O. Fr., fr. G. hemi- krania, pain on one side of the head, fr. hemi-, half, + kranion, skull]

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