- 1. Paresthesia of one or more of the extremities. 2. Nocturnal paresthesia involving the hands, most often of middle-aged women; formerly attributed to a lesion in the thoracic outlet, but now known to be a classic symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome. [acro- + paresthesia]
* * *ac·ro·par·es·the·sia or chiefly Brit ac·ro·par·aes·the·sia .ak-rō-.par-əs-'thē-zh(ē-)ə n a condition of burning, tingling, or pricking sensations or numbness in the extremities present on awaking and of unknown cause or produced by compression of nerves during sleep
* * *ac·ro·par·es·the·sia (ak″ro-par″es-theґzhə) [acro- + paresthesia] 1. paresthesia of limbs and tips of other extremities due to nerve compression at any of several levels, or polyneuritis. 2. a disease marked by attacks of tingling, numbness, and stiffness in the limbs, chiefly the fingers, hands, and forearms, sometimes with pain, pallor of the skin, or slight cyanosis.
Medical dictionary. 2011.