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Pronunciation: pan


  1. A variably unpleasant sensation associated with actual or potential tissue damage and mediated by specific nerve fibers to the brain where its conscious appreciation may be modified by various factors.
  2. Term used to denote a painful uterine contraction occurring in childbirth.

[L. poena, a fine, a penalty]

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