variant of algo- as final element of a compound word: neuralgia.

Nearby words

Also -algy.

Origin of -algia

< New Latin < Greek; see algo-, -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for -algia


n combining form

denoting pain or a painful condition of the part specifiedneuralgia; odontalgia
Derived Forms-algic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -algia

from Greek algos pain
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Word Origin and History for -algia


word-forming element denoting "pain," from Greek algos "pain," algein "to feel pain," of unknown origin. Related to alegein "to care about," originally "to feel pain."

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Medicine definitions for -algia



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