An abnormal sensation which resembles that of having ants crawling on one's skin. This word is derived from a substance called formic acid, which is produced by ants. This has very little to do with visual culture, but the author is chronically drawn to such word formations as this one.

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  • formication — [ fɔrmikasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1520, repris XIXe; lat. formicatio, de formicare « fourmiller » ♦ Méd. Vieilli Fourmillement. ⇒FORMICATION, subst. fém. Vx, MÉD. Sensation analogue à celle produite par des fourmis sur la peau. Synon. usuel fourmillement.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Formication — For mi*ca tion, n. [L. formicatio, fr. formicare to creep like an ant, to feel as if ants were crawling on one s self, fr. formica ant: cf. F. formication.] (Med.) A sensation resembling that made by the creeping of ants on the skin. Dunglison.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Formication — (v. lat.), so v.w. Ameisenkriechen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • formication — (n.) crawling sensation as of ants on the skin, 1707, from L. formicationem, noun of action from formicare to crawl like ants, from formica ant (see FORMICA (Cf. Formica) (2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Formication — DiseaseDisorder infobox Name = Formication ICD10 = ICD10|R|20|2|r|20 ICD9 = ICD9|782.0 Formication is a somewhat unusual, but medically well known, abnormal sensation. This sensation closely resembles the feeling of insects crawling on and/or… …   Wikipedia

  • formication — /fawr mi kay sheuhn/, n. a tactile hallucination involving the belief that something is crawling on the body or under the skin. [1700 10; < L (Pliny) formication , s. of formicatio a sensation that ants are crawling on one s skin, equiv. to… …   Universalium

  • FORMICATION — n. f. T. de Médecine Sensation d’engourdissement analogue à celle que produit le picotement des fourmis …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • formication — noun An abnormal skin sensation similar to that of insects crawling over or within the skin; a tactile hallucination involving such a sensation. A common side effect of substance abuse, it can also be experienced with high fever, menopause, skin… …   Wiktionary

  • formication — A form of paresthesia or tactile hallucination; a sensation as if small insects are creeping under the skin. [L. formica, ant] * * * for·mi·ca·tion .fȯr mə kā shən n an abnormal sensation resembling that made by insects creeping in or on the… …   Medical dictionary

  • formication —    see formicative hallucination …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • formication — (for mi ka sion) s. f. Terme de médecine. Douleur qu on a comparée à celle que produiraient des fourmis qui s agiteraient dans une partie. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Voy. formicant …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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