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[noo-ral-juh, nyoo-]
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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British Dictionary definitions for neuralgic


  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 neuralgic



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

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neuralgic in Medicine


  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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