Origin of migraineFrench from Old French from Late Latin hemicrania from Classical Greek h?mikrania from h?mi-, half + kranion, cranium
Origin of migraineMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin hēmicrānia from Greek hēmikrāniā hēmi- hemi- krānion head ; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (pathology) A severe, disabling headache, usually affecting only one side of the head, and often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, photophobia and visual disturbances.
- He had a headache so bad that he wished he was dead, but it was the sort of migraine that promised him he would continue to suffer but not die.
- After consuming too much coffee everyday for six weeks, she got severe migraines that would last up until 47 minutes after her first cup of coffee.
1777 re-spelling (following French) of late 14th century Middle English megrim, from 13th century Old French migraigne, from Vulgar Latin pronunciation of Late Latin hemicrania (“pain in one half of the head"), from Ancient Greek á¼¡Î¼Î¹ÎºÏÎ±Î½Î¯Î± (hemikrania), from á¼¡Î¼Î¹- (hÄ“mi-, “hemi-, half") + ÎºÏÎ±Î½Î¯Î¿Î½ (kranion, “skull") (whence also cranium) , from a literal translation of Egyptian gs-tp 'headache' .