Definition of Growing pains

1. Noun. Pain in muscles or joints sometimes experienced by children and often attributed to rapid growth.

Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain

2. Noun. Emotional distress arising during adolescence.
Generic synonyms: Pain, Painfulness

3. Noun. Problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages).
Generic synonyms: Problem, Trouble

Definition of Growing pains

1. Noun. generalized pains in the limbs or joints of adolescents (from many causes) ¹

2. Noun. emotional or social problems associated with adolescence ¹

3. Noun. (context: by extension) difficulties that arise in the early stages of any project ¹

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Medical Definition of Growing pains

1. Mysterious pains in growing children, usually in the legs. These pains are similar to what the weekend gardener suffers from on monday an overuse type of problem. If in playing, children exceed their regular threshold, they will be sore, just like an adult. Growing pains are typically somewhat diffuse (vs. Focal) and are not associated with physical changes of the area (such as swelling, redness, etc.). The pains are usually easily relieved by massage, tylenol (acetaminophen), or rest. If the pains persist past a week or there are physical changes, the child should be seen by a physician. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Growing Pains

growing fracture
growing old
growing on
growing out of
growing ovarian follicle
growing pains (current term)
growing season
growing up

Literary usage of Growing pains

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The First Hundred Thousand: Being the Unofficial Chronicle of a Unit of "K (1)," by Ian Hay (1916)
"... m growing pains WE have our little worries, of course. Last week we were all vaccinated, and we did not like it. Most of us have "taken" very severely, ..."

2. Government Regulation of Railway Rates: A Study of the Experience of the by Hugo Richard Meyer (1905)
"... II THE PROTESTS AGAINST THE growing pains OP PROGRESS THE competition of the surplus grain-producing States of the West has progressively revolutionized ..."

3. Pediatrics: The Hygienic and Medical Treatment of Children by Thomas Morgan Rotch (1906)
"These indefinite pains are usually spoken of as '•'•growing pains," but should be distinguished from rheumatism by their slight and evanescent character and ..."

4. Child Training by Angelo Patri (1922)
"growing pains The different stages of growth in children are a great trial to their parents. More than half the trouble children cause their parents is due ..."

5. The Windsor Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women (1904)
"His heart was weary of love, and his limbs ached with growing pains. He went much with the other men of his age, and learned to smoke cornsilk and ..."

6. One Hundred Years of Fire Insurance: Being a History of the Ætna Insurance by Henry Ross Gall, William George Jordan (1919)
"... CHAPTER VII "OLD ETNA'S" growing pains THERE was consternation in the office of the ... growing pains."

7. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1894)
"E. PARKE, AM, MD MEDICINE Growing; Pains. growing pains, defined as pains in the limbs caused by and during rapid growth and sometimes so severe as to give ..."

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