Meaning of sciatica

sci•at•i•ca

Pronunciation: (sī-at'i-ku), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. pain and tenderness at some points of the sciatic nerve, usually caused by a prolapsed intervertebral disk; sciatic neuralgia.
  2. any painful disorder extending from the hip down the back of the thigh and surrounding area.
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