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[mahy-al-jee-uh, -juh]
noun Pathology.
  1. pain in the muscles; muscular rheumatism.
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Origin of myalgia

First recorded in 1855–60; my- + -algia
Also called myoneuralgia.
Related formsmy·al·gic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for myalgia

Historical Examples

  • You might just as sensibly have the muscles cut out for myalgia.

    Intestinal Ills

    Alcinous Burton Jamison

  • Dr. Prince transfers his men without rhyme or reason—all cases of myalgia and trench feet, too.

    The War-Workers

    E.M. Delafield

  • Torticollis, myalgia cervicalis, stiff neck or wry neck, caput obstipum.

  • Movement of the parts is also very painful; but usually not with the acute and agonizing pain which occurs in myalgia.

  • Myalgia is an exceedingly painful affection, and it is also much more common than was formerly supposed.

British Dictionary definitions for myalgia


  1. pain in a muscle or a group of muscles
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Derived Formsmyalgic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from myo- + -algia
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Word Origin and History for myalgia


"muscular pain," 1827, coined in Modern Latin (on analogy of neuralgia) from myo- "muscle" + -algia "pain."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

myalgia in Medicine


  1. Muscular pain or tenderness, especially when diffuse and nonspecific.myodynia
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Related formsmy•algic (-jĭk) adj.
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