Migraine. Usually periodic attacks of headaches on one or both sides of the head. Megrim (migraine) may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity of the eyes to light (photophobia), increased sensitivity to sound (phonophobia), dizziness, blurred vision, cognitive disturbances, and other symptoms. Some megrims (migraines) do not include headache. They may or may not be preceded by an aura. "Megrim" and "migraine" share a meaning and an etymological origin. Latin and Greek speakers called their pain, if it was just on one side of the head, "hemicrania" or "hemikrania," from the Greek terms "hemi-" meaning "half" plus "kranion" meaning "cranium" = half-skull. The French used "migraine," a modification of "hemicrania," for the same condition. English twice borrowed "migraine" from the French. In the 14th century, the French term was modified to form "migreime," which gave rise to "megrim." Later, in the 15th century, the French "migraine" was borrowed again and its spelling stayed intact. "Megrim" and "migraine" now can be used interchangeably. The term "megrim" also refers to vertigo or dizziness and, in the non-medical arena, to a fancy or whim or to low spirits.
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Obsolete term for migraine.

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me·grim 'mē-grəm n
2) any of numerous diseases of animals marked by disturbance of equilibrium and abnormal gait and behavior usu. used in pl.

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  • Megrim — Me grim, n. [OE. migrim, migrene, F. migraine, LL. hemigrania, L. hemicrania, hemicranium, Gr. ?; ? half + ? skull. See {Hemi } and {Cranium}, and cf. {Hemicrania}, {Migraine}.] 1. A kind of sick or nervous headache, usually periodical and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Megrim — Me grim, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo[ o]l.) The British smooth sole, or scaldfish ({Psetta arnoglossa}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • megrim — see MIGRAINE (Cf. migraine) …   Etymology dictionary

  • megrim — [mē′grim] n. [LME migreime < OFr migraine: see MIGRAINE] 1. obs. var. of MIGRAINE 2. Archaic a whim, fancy, or fad 3. [pl.] Rare low spirits; the blues …   English World dictionary

  • Megrim — This article is about the fish, For the neurological condition, see Migraine. Megrim Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • megrim — Scaldfish Scald fish , n. [Scald, a. + fish.] (Zo[ o]l.) A European flounder ({Arnoglossus laterna}, or {Psetta arnoglossa}); called also {megrim}, and {smooth sole}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • megrim — europinis botas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Arnoglossus laterna angl. megrim; scald fish rus. европейская арноглосса; европейский арноглос ryšiai: platesnis terminas – kairiaakiai plekšniniai… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • megrim — paprastasis megrimas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis angl. megrim; sail fluke; West Coast sole; whiff rus. мегрим ryšiai: platesnis terminas – megrimai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • megrim — noun Etymology: Middle English migreime, from Middle French migraine more at migraine Date: 14th century 1. a. migraine b. vertigo, dizziness 2. a. fancy, whim b. plural low …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • megrim — /mee grim/, n. 1. megrims, low spirits; the blues. 2. a whim or caprice. 3. migraine. [1350 1400; ME migrame a type of headache < MF migraine (by misreading, in taken as m); see MIGRAINE] * * * …   Universalium

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