phantom limb

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An illusory sensation, experienced by an amputee, of the limb still being attached to the body, even when all sensory nerve fibres associated with the limb have been removed. It is experienced by almost all amputees, and the sensations include pain in approximately 70 per cent of cases. See also pseudaesthesia. Compare alien hand sign, rubber hand phenomenon.

Subjects: Psychology — Medicine and Health.

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