Migraine

<disease> An often familial symptom complex of periodic attacks of vascular headache, usually temporal and unilateral in onset, commonly associated with irritability, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea and often photophobia, attacks are preceded by constriction of the cranial arteries, usually with resultant prodromal sensory (especially ocular) symptoms and commence with the vasodilation that follows. Origin: Gr. Hemikrania = an affection of half of the head This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)