What does phantom limb pain mean?

Definitions for phantom limb pain
phan·tom limb pain

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word phantom limb pain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. phantom limb painnoun

    pain felt by an amputee that seems to be located in the missing limb


  1. phantom limb pain

    A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb is still attached. Approximately 80–100% of individuals with an amputation experience sensations in their amputated limb. However, only a small percentage will experience painful phantom limb sensation. These sensations are relatively common in amputees and usually resolve within two to three years without treatment. Research continues to explore the underlying mechanisms of phantom limb pain (PLP) and effective treatment options.


  1. phantom limb pain

    Phantom limb pain is a sensation of pain or discomfort perceived to be coming from an amputated or missing limb. This phenomenon is thought to originate from the nervous system, where the brain continues to receive signals from the nerves that originally carried impulses from the lost limb, causing the person to feel as if the limb is still there. The pain can vary greatly in intensity and can be described as shooting, stabbing, cramping, pins and needles, crushing, throbbing, or burning.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce phantom limb pain?

How to say phantom limb pain in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phantom limb pain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phantom limb pain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1


Find a translation for the phantom limb pain definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"phantom limb pain." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 24 Jun 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/phantom+limb+pain>.

Discuss these phantom limb pain definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for phantom limb pain? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of

    phantom limb pain

    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    without the natural or usual covering
    A summon
    B denudate
    C abhor
    D rumpus

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for phantom limb pain: