What is pain?

  • (noun): A symptom of some physical hurt or disorder.
    Example: "The patient developed severe pain and distension"
    Synonyms: hurting
    See also — Additional definitions below


Pain is an unpleasant feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting alcohol on a cut, and bumping the "funny bone." The International Association for the Study of Pain's widely used definition states: "Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage".

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Some articles on pain:

Referred Pain - Characteristics
... The size of referred pain is related to the intensity and duration of ongoing/evoked pain ... Temporal summation is a potent mechanism for generation of referred muscle pain ... hyperexcitability is important for the extent of referred pain ...
... is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, and is delivered as a hydrochloride salt in tablets, as a syrup, or by intramuscular, subcutaneous or intravenous injection ... in 1975 60% of doctors prescribed it for acute pain and 22% for chronic severe pain ... of addiction, and to be superior in treating the pain associated with biliary spasm or renal colic due to its putative antispasmodic effects ...
Teething - Treatment - Medication
... In cases where the infant is in obvious pain, some doctors recommend the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) or child-safe pain-relief treatments containing benzocaine, lidocaine, or ... Medicines are often applied to the babies' gums to relieve swelling and pain ... gels work as a numbing agent to dull the nerves in the gums so that the pain is less noticeable ...
Pain - Etymology
... First attested in English in 1297, the word pain comes from the Old French peine, in turn from Latin poena, "punishment, penalty" (in L.L ...
Rovsing's Sign - Process
... this maneuver stretches the entire peritoneal lining, it only causes pain in any location where the peritoneum is irritating the muscle ... In the case of appendicitis, the pain is felt in the right lower quadrant despite pressure being placed elsewhere ... to see where the patient complains of pain ...

More definitions of "pain":

  • (noun): Emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid.
    Example: "The pain of loneliness"
    Synonyms: painfulness
  • (verb): Cause emotional anguish or make miserable.
    Synonyms: anguish, hurt
  • (noun): A somatic sensation of acute discomfort.
    Example: "As the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"
    Synonyms: painful sensation

Famous quotes containing the word pain:

    At this very moment,... the most frightful horrors are taking place in every corner of the world. People are being crushed, slashed, disembowelled, mangled; their dead bodies rot and their eyes decay with the rest. Screams of pain and fear go pulsing through the air at the rate of eleven hundred feet per second. After travelling for three seconds they are perfectly inaudible. These are distressing facts; but do we enjoy life any the less because of them? Most certainly we do not.
    Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)

    The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.
    William Hazlitt (1778–1830)

    The time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow- men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.
    Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)