formication

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Etymology[edit]

c. 1700, From Latin formica (ant) + -tion.

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formication (plural formications)

  1. 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 cancer, diabetic neuropathy, or herpes zoster.

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