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Meaning of HEADACHE

Pronunciation:  'hed`eyk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry"
  2. [n]  pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs

HEADACHE is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: cephalalgia, concern, head ache, vexation, worry
 See Also: ache, aching, bugaboo, burden, business, cluster headache, encumbrance, hemicrania, histamine headache, incumbrance, load, megrim, migraine, negative stimulus, onus, sick headache, sinus headache, tension headache



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Head"ache`\, n.
Pain in the head; cephalalgia. ``Headaches and shivering
fits.'' --Macaulay.

Medical Dictionary
  1. primary headache includes tension (muscular contraction), vascular (migraine), and cluster headaches not caused by other underlying medical conditions.
  2. secondary headache includes headaches that result from other medical conditions.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you have a headache, suggests that you are heading in the wrong direction. You may be repressing your intellect and rational thinking. You need to utilize your mind and not let your emotions get out of control.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A headache is a sensation of aching of the head, a symptom. Headache could affect both the sides, front, and back of the head. It can be described as throbbing, steady, and burning. It may start abruptly, or gradually. It has many possible origins: migraine, problems related to blood vessels, sinuses, bleeding inside the skull, or tumor, etc.

Some types of headache and their symptoms:

  • migraine: headache, nausea, vomiting, aura (transient focal neurological disturbances, e.g. visual, sensory, speech, photophobia).
  • tension: due to chronic scalp muscle contraction worsened by anxiety depression and unresolved conflicts. More than 80% of headache complaints belong to this category.
  • intracranial: infections, hemorrhage, tumor, trauma, epilepsy, etc.
  • secondary to other causes: sinusitis, aneurysm, ear infections, drug/alcohol side effects.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: ache, aching, ado, aggravation, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, angina, annoyance, anxiety, backache, bad news, bane, bedevilment, bellyache, besetment, bore, bother, botheration, bothersomeness, brain disease, buttonholer, can of worms, cephalalgia, cerebral palsy, chorea, colic, collywobbles, crashing bore, devilment, difficulty, disadvantage, dogging, downer, drag, drip, dryasdust, dusty, earache, emotional disorder, epilepsy, evil, exasperation, falling sickness, flat tire, fret, frightful bore, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, gnawing, great ado, gripe, gripes, gut-ache, harassment, harrying, heartburn, hemicrania, herpes zoster, hounding, humdrum, inconvenience, ischialgia, matter, megrim, migraine, molestation, MS, multiple sclerosis, nervous disorder, neuralgia, neuritis, neuropathy, nuisance, odontalgia, organic psychosis, otalgia, palsy, peck of troubles, persecution, pest, pill, polyneuritis, pressure neuropathy, priapism, problem, proser, pyrosis, radiculitis, sciatic neuritis, sciatica, sea of troubles, shaking palsy, shingles, sick headache, spastic paralysis, splitting headache, stomachache, the jerks, throbbing pain, tic douloureux, toothache, toxic psychosis, trial, trouble, twaddler, vexation, vexatiousness, wet blanket, worriment, worry