algesi-, alge-, alges-, algesio-, algi-, algio-, -algesia, -algesic, -algetic, -algic, -algia, -algy

(Greek: pain, sense of pain; painful; hurting)

Used actively in medical terminology to denote a condition of sensitivity to pain as specified by the combining root.

amnalgesia
A technique by which all pain and memory of a potentially painful procedure are abolished, involving the use of drugs or, for minor procedures, hypnosis.
analgesia (s) (noun), analgesias (pl)
A state in which painful stimuli are so moderated that, though still perceived, they are no longer painful; and so there is no feeling of pain: Rosemarie was grateful for the medication which induced a state of analgesia because now she was not aware of any significant pain.
analgesic (s) (noun), analgesics (pl)
1. Compounds capable of relieving pain without the loss of consciousness or without producing anesthesia: Dr. Lawson injected Randal with a powerful analgesic so she could drill the decayed tooth without causing him any pain.
2. Those drugs that primarily relieve pain without blocking nerve-impulse conduction or markedly altering sensory functions: The new analgesic which Dr. Jones used was exceptional in terms of relieving or reducing Desiree's severe pain.
analgesic, analgetic
1. Relieving pain; an agent that alleviates pain without causing loss of consciousness.
2. A compound capable of producing analgesia, i.e., one that relieves pain by altering perception of pain stimuli without producing anesthesia or loss of consciousness; also, analgetic.
3. Characterized by reduced response to painful stimuli; also, antalgic.
analgesimeter
A device for causing painful stimuli in order to measure pain under experimental conditions.
analgia
Absence of any sensibility to pain.
analgic
Insensible to or not feeling pain.
andromasalgia
Painfulness of the male breast; especially at puberty.
angialgia, angialgistic
Pain in a blood vessel.
angioneuralgia
A burning pain in an extremity with edema and redness.
antalgesia
A rarely used term for lowering a previous elevation in pain threshold.
aortalgia
Pain assumed to be due to aneurysm or other pathologic conditions of the aorta.
aphalgesia
1. Pain induced by objects having a symbolic meaning or significance.
2. A rare type of psychogenic pain disorder in which pain appears on contact with a substance that has some special significance for the subject; such as certain metals, liquids, or textures.
3. A hysterical state wherein pain is induced by contact with a harmless object that has symbolic significance for the patient.
4. Etymology: New Latin from Greek haphe, "touch" + algesia, "pain".
apodemialgia (s) (noun), apodemialgias (pl)
Wanderlust; longing to get away from home or to travel; a painful desire to get away. The opposite of nostalgia.
appendalgia (s) (noun), appendalgias (pl)
An obsolete term for pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen which is in the region of the vermiform appendix.

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