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

<New Latin <Greek; see algo-, -ia
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What does -algia mean?

The combining formalgia is used like a suffix meaning “pain.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.

The form -algia comes from the Greek álgos, meaning “pain.” Similar in meaning and use to algo- are odyno- and -odynia, which derive from odýnē, also meaning “pain.”

What are variants of -algia?

In rare instances, a variant of the combining form -algia is algy, as in coxalgy.

A corresponding form of -algia combined to the beginning of words is algo-, as in algophobia. Learn more about these forms in our Words That Use articles for each.

Examples of -algia

An example of a word you may have encountered that features -algia is fibromyalgia, “a syndrome characterized by fatigue and chronic pain in the muscles and in tissues surrounding the joints.”

The first two parts of the word, fibro- and my- mean “fiber” and “muscle,” respectively. The form -algia means “pain,” as we have seen. Fibromyalgia literally translates to “muscle fiber pain.”

What are some words that use the combining form -algia?

What are some other forms that -algia may be commonly confused with?

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How to use -algia in a sentence

  • He cannot bear that Algia should dance before strangers, but what can he do?

    Desert Air|Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for -algia


n combining form
denoting pain or a painful condition of the part specifiedneuralgia; odontalgia

Derived forms of -algia

-algic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -algia

from Greek algos pain
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Medical definitions for -algia


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