One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lateral region of the mesoscutum of certain hymenopteran insects, delineated medially by grooves or lines. Usually in plural.
Abnormality of the sense of touch.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Sharp MacLeay (1792–1865), entomologist. From para- + ancient Greek (Ionic) ἀψίς, (Attic) ἁψίς, in sense ‘circle, arch, vault’<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robley Dunglison (1798–1869), physician and medical writer. From scientific Latin parapsis from para- + ancient Greek ἅψις touch from ἅπτειν to fasten, ἅπτεσθαι to touch + -σις.
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