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"Entumecimiento" is a noun which is often translated as "numbness", and "hormigueo" is a noun which is often translated as "tingling". Learn more about the difference between "entumecimiento" and "hormigueo" below.
entumecimiento(
ehn
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too
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meh
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see
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myehn
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toh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. numbness
Se me olvidaron los guantes en casa, y el frío produjo un entumecimiento extremo de los dedos una vez que fui afuera.I forgot my gloves at home, and the cold produced extreme numbness in my fingers as soon as I stepped outside.
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hormigueo(
ohr
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mee
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geh
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oh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (prickling sensation)
a. tingling
El hormigueo que sientes en la pierna está relacionado con la hernia discal.The tingling you feel in your leg is connected to your slipped disk.
b. pins and needles
Sara tuvo el brazo levantado tanto tiempo que cuando lo bajó, sintió un hormigueo.Sara held her arm up for so long that when she put it down, she felt pins and needles.
2. (coming and going)
a. swarming
El hormigueo incesante de gente en las calles es lo que le da vida a esta ciudad.It's the endless swarming of people in the streets that makes this city feel so alive.
3. (disquiet)
a. anxiety
Carmen me dijo que tenía malas noticias y sentí un hormigueo en todo el cuerpo.Carmen told me she had some bad news and I felt anxiety run through my whole body.
b. uneasiness
Sentir un hormigueo en el estómago es habitual cuando estás nervioso.The feeling of uneasiness in your stomach is common when you are nervous.
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