[ an-l-jee-zee-uh, -see-uh ]
/ ˌæn lˈdʒi zi ə, -si ə /

noun Medicine/Medical.

absence of sense of pain.

Origin of analgesia

1700–10; < New Latin < Greek analgēsía painlessness, equivalent to análgēt(os) without pain (an- an-1 + álg(os) pain + -ētos adj. suffix) + -ia -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for analgesia


analgia (ænˈældʒɪə)

/ (ˌænəlˈdʒiːzɪə, -sɪə) /


inability to feel pain
the relief of pain

Word Origin for analgesia

C18: via New Latin from Greek: insensibility, from an- + algēsis sense of pain
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Word Origin and History for analgesia



"absence of pain," 1706, medical Latin, from Greek analgesia "painlessness, insensibility," from analgetos "without pain, insensible to pain" (also "unfeeling, ruthless"), from an- "not" (see an- (1)) + algein "to feel pain" (see -algia).

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Medicine definitions for analgesia


[ ăn′əl-jēzē-ə, -zhə ]


A deadening or absence of the sense of pain without loss of consciousness.
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