[noo-ral-juh, nyoo-]

noun Pathology.

sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve.

Origin of neuralgia

First recorded in 1815–25; neur- + -algia
Related formsneu·ral·gic, adjectivean·ti·neu·ral·gic, adjective, nounpost·neu·ral·gic, adjectivepre·neu·ral·gic, adjectiveun·neu·ral·gic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neuralgia

Historical Examples of neuralgia

  • 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.

  • 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

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 Formsneuralgic, 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

neuralgia in Medicine




Sharp, severe paroxysmal pain extending along a nerve or group of nerves.neurodynia
Related formsneu•ralgic adj.
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