any painful condition in the region of the hip and thigh; esp., neuritis of the long nerve (sciatic nerve) passing down the back of the thigh
Origin of sciaticaMiddle English ; from Medieval Latin ; from sciaticus: see sciatic
Pain along the sciatic nerve usually caused by a herniated disk of the lumbar region of the spine and radiating to the buttocks and to the back of the thigh.
Origin of sciaticaMiddle English, from Medieval Latin, from feminine of sciaticus, of the hip; see sciatic.
(countable and uncountable, plural sciaticas)
- (pathology, neurology) Neuralgia of the sciatic nerve characterised by pain radiating down through the buttocks and the back of the thigh.