What is pain?

  • (noun): A bothersome annoying person.
    Example: "That kid is a terrible pain"
    Synonyms: pain in the neck, nuisance
    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:

... 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 ... risk 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 choline ... applied to the babies' gums to relieve swelling and pain ... Teething gels work as a numbing agent to dull the nerves in the gums so that the pain is less noticeable ...
Rovsing's Sign - Process
... While 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 ... on the left lower quadrant to see where the patient complains of pain ...
Referred Pain - Characteristics
... The size of referred pain is related to the intensity and duration of ongoing/evoked pain ... mechanism for generation of referred muscle pain ... Central hyperexcitability is important for the extent of referred pain ...
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 ...

More definitions of "pain":

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

    There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
    Cyril Connolly (1903–1974)

    Women hock their jewels and their husbands’ insurance policies to acquire an unaccustomed shade in hair or crêpe de chine. Why then is it that when anyone commits anything novel in the arts he should be always greeted by this same peevish howl of pain and surprise? One is led to suspect that the interest people show in these much talked of commodities, painting, music, and writing, cannot be very deep or very genuine when they so wince under an unexpected impact.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)

    How had I come to be here,
    like them, and overhear
    a cry of pain that could have
    got loud and worse but hadn’t?
    Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)