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neuralgia

[noo-ral-juh, nyoo-]
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noun Pathology.
  1. sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve.
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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
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Examples from the Web for neuralgia

Historical Examples

  • 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

neuralgia

noun
  1. severe spasmodic pain caused by damage to or malfunctioning of a nerve and often following the course of the nerve
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Derived Formsneuralgic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for neuralgia

n.

1807, from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + -algia. Probably formed on model of French névralgie (1801). Related: Neuralgic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

neuralgia in Medicine

neuralgia

(nu-răljə)
n.
  1. Sharp, severe paroxysmal pain extending along a nerve or group of nerves.neurodynia
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Related formsneu•ralgic adj.
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