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A syndrome marked by chronic, widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissues with defined points of tenderness and often multiple other symptoms, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, anxiety, and bowel dysfunction.


(Medicine) a rheumatoid disorder characterized by muscle pain and headaches


(ˌfaɪ brəˈsaɪ tɪs)
a chronic disease syndrome marked by debilitating fatigue, widespread muscular pain, and tenderness at specific points on the body.
[1904; fibrose fibrous, to form fibrous tissue]


, fibromyalgia syndrome
n. fibromialgia, condición crónica generalizada que resulta en dolor y rigidez en los músculos y los tejidos blandos.


n fibromialgia; síndrome crónico de dolor muscular, fatiga y otros malestares
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So the Spaniards touched them on a tender point that time.
I did not, it is true, like my position in his house; but being freed from the annoyance of false professions and double-dealing I could endure it, especially as no heroic sentiment of hatred or jealousy of the director distracted my philosophical soul; he had not, I found, wounded me in a very tender point, the wound was so soon and so radically healed, leaving only a sense of contempt for the treacherous fashion in which it had been inflicted, and a lasting mistrust of the hand which I had detected attempting to stab in the dark.
Your hands are bigger than mine, and you will stretch my glove dreadfully," began Meg, whose gloves were a tender point with her.
The love of them was my tender point, and shook my decision more than all things else.
It was kind of Polly to say that, and Tom felt it; for his red crop was a tender point, and to be associated with Polly's pretty brown curls seemed to lessen its coppery glow.
Well, you certainly touched upon rather a tender point.
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain and multiple tender points on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities that are especially painful to pressure or touch, with intensity of pain varying from one day to the next.
Device-based therapies are important since a placebo-controlled study showed that fibromyalgia patients reported modest improvements in pain, tender points, fatigue, and sleep after electro-stimulation, said Brahadeesh Chandrasekaran.
The criteria include symptoms of widespread pain, occurring both above and below the waist and affecting both the right and left sides of the body, with at least 11 of 18 defined tender points (near the neck, chest, back, elbows, hips, and knees).
Fibromyalgia, where twitching is related to tender points within the muscle irritate nearby nerves causing contractions.
Tenderness was evaluated by applying pressure over 18 specific body points, and the number of tender points was recorded.
An inter-group difference was reported in a published study in which 40 subjects were recruited to investigate the effects of acupuncture on tender points for DOMS.