tormina

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin, ultimately from torqueō (twist, turn).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tormina (usually uncountable, plural torminae)

  1. (medicine) acute pain in the abdomen; colic, gripes
    • 1977, Patrick O'Brian, The Mauritius Command
      Clonfert’s tormina exercise [sic] my mind; for by whatever private scale of pain one may measure them, they must come tolerably high.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Sometimes misconstrued as a plural, as if from the non-existent Latin *torminum.