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OVERVIEW OF NOUN PAIN

1) pain, hurting: a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; “the patient developed severe pain and distension”

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Image of pain

2) pain, painfulness: emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid; “the pain of loneliness”

3) pain, pain sensation, painful sensation: a somatic sensation of acute discomfort; “as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain”

4) pain, pain in the neck, nuisance: a bothersome annoying person; “that kid is a terrible pain”

5) annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass: something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; “washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer”; “a bit of a bother”; “he’s not a friend, he’s an infliction”

OVERVIEW OF VERB PAIN

1) afflict, trouble, ail, pain: cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

2) pain, anguish, hurt: cause emotional anguish or make miserable; “It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school

noun pain has 5 sense(s) (first 3 from tagged texts)


pain (Wikipedia)
This article is about physical pain. For pain in the broader sense, see Suffering. For other uses, see Pain (disambiguation).
"Painless" redirects here. For other uses, see Painless (disambiguation).
Pain
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A woman grimacing while having blood drawn
Specialty Neurology
ICD-10 R52
ICD-9 338
DiseasesDB 9503
MedlinePlus 002164
MeSH D010146

Pain can be described as a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body. Because pain is a complex and subjective phenomenon, an adequate definition is difficult to develop. 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."

Pain motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future. Most pain resolves promptly once the painful stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but may persist despite removal of the stimulus and apparent healing of the body. Sometimes pain arises in the absence of any detectable stimulus, damage or disease.

Pain is the most common reason for physician consultation in most developed countries. It is a major symptom in many medical conditions, and can significantly interfere with a person's quality of life and general functioning. Psychological factors such as social support, hypnotic suggestion, excitement, or distraction can significantly modulate pain's intensity or unpleasantness.

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