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[noo-ral-juh, nyoo-] /nʊˈræl dʒə, nyʊ-/
noun, Pathology.
sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve.
Origin of neuralgia
First recorded in 1815-25; neur- + -algia
Related forms
neuralgic, adjective
antineuralgic, adjective, noun
postneuralgic, adjective
preneuralgic, adjective
unneuralgic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for neuralgia
Historical Examples
  • In the early part of December Pascal had a severe attack of neuralgia.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • The Cardinal-Archbishop, when in Rome, had suffered from neuralgia in the head all the time.

  • You as well as laughed in his face, while he was suffering agonies from neuralgia.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • She has neuralgia and long stretches of apathy, and other ills.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • He attributed both her silence and her expression to neuralgia.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • For some weeks this gallant son of the morning had been tormented by neuralgia.

  • If it's neuralgia, get a corrective diet list from the doctor.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter
  • Aunt Betsy had the neuralgia and Uncle Joe came alone on horseback.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • I give you my word, I was awake all night, thinking of—of your neuralgia.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • Added to which it gave him neuralgia; while the strong tea gave him indigestion.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for neuralgia


severe spasmodic pain caused by damage to or malfunctioning of a nerve and often following the course of the nerve
Derived Forms
neuralgic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for neuralgia

1807, from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + -algia. Probably formed on model of French névralgie (1801). Related: Neuralgic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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neuralgia in Medicine

neuralgia neu·ral·gia (nu-rāl'jə, nyu-)
Sharp, severe paroxysmal pain extending along a nerve or group of nerves. Also called neurodynia.

neu·ral'gic adj.
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