algo-, alg-

(Greek: pain)

Don't confuse these Greek algo-, alg- words with other words that come from the Latin element, alg-, which means "sea weed".

algesidystrophy (s) (noun), algesidystrophies (pl)
Pain in the bones and cartilages resulting from aseptic necrosis or death of the bone and the cartilage: Mrs. Allison wore a supportive brace to help relieve the algesidystrophy which she was having in her legs.
algiovascular, algovascular (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to some vascular action as a result of a painful stimulation; algiovascular: In medical school, Sam learned about algiovascular movements as a consequence of stimulations of physical agony.
algodystrophy (s) (noun), algodystrophies (pl
A painful wasting of the muscles of the hands, often accompanied by tenderness and a loss of bone calcium: Bert's doctor told him that his algodystrophy probably started in his hands, or in his shoulder, and it spread over his entire arm, causing his loss of joint motion because of structural changes in his muscles, ligaments, or tendons.

For some people, algodystrophy may start in the feet or legs and it could be associated with an injury, a heart disease, a stroke, or a viral infection.

algogenesia, algogenesis (s) (noun) (no pl)
The causation or production of pain: Algogenesia, producing,agony and suffering, has various origins, like a tissue injury, injury to bones or organs, or from a disease, like cancer.
Nothing begins, and nothing ends,
That is not paid with moan;
For we are born in others’ pain,
And perish in our own.
—Francis Thompson
algogenic (adjective), more algogenic, most algogenic
Pertaining to the cause or to the inducement or pain: Jane was interested in studying the algogenic consequences of snake bites.
algological (adjective) (not comparable)
Concerning the investigation or analysis of pain: Tony decided to specialize his studies in an algological direction and learn more about the causes of people suffering and undergoing extreme discomfort.
algologist (s) (noun), algologists (pl)
A person who specializes in the study of pain: Mr. Cartwright decided to go to an algologist hoping to find out what could relieve the pain he was experiencing.
algology (s) (noun) (no pl)
The discipline that deals with the study of pain: Jim thought he would like to specialize in algology and learn more about what the origins were of people suffering and undergoing misery.
The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
algomenorrhea (s) (noun) (no pl)
The painful flow of blood from the uterus: Algomenorrhea concerns the pain during menstruation affecting the lower abdomen, the small of the back and in the sacrum.
algometer, algesimeter (s) (noun), algometers; algesimeters (pl)
An instrument that purports to measure sensitiveness to pain in terms of amount of pressure exerted on the skin: Dr. Dawson used an algometer on Mr. Smith's foot in order to assess the intensity of pain as part of his patient's check-up.
Weeds are a pain in the grass.
—Slogan on an invoice from a Pennsylvania tree-and-lawn-spraying service.
algometric (adjective) (not comparable)
Concerning the A measurement of sensitivity to pain induced by a stimulus: An algometric device was used to find out the susceptibility or responses to a painful impulse-
algometry (s) (noun) (no pl)
The measurement of sensitivity to painful stimuli, as with an algometer: In her seminar, Alice learned about algometry as being the scientific method of assessing the responses to the inducement of pain.
algophily (s) (noun) (no pl)
In psychiatry, synonymous with masochism: Algophily is the sexual satisfaction that is dependent upon the subject suffering pain, ill-treatment, and humiliation.

Algophilya is a term coined by Féré in L’Instinct Sexuel.

algophobia (s) (noun) (no pl)
An excessive or exaggerated dread of pain: It is believed that mankind has suffered from algophobia since the beginning of time.

Although a wide variety of drugs are now available to ease physical soreness, it is still a fearful experience, and the prospect of having such physical ordeals makes many people become afflicted with algophobia.

An excessive fear of pain.
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algos (pl) (noun)
A painful spasm or crisis caused by disease: Various origins of conditions regarding algos include fatigue, muscle pain, or even anxiety or stress causing muscles to twitch in the face.

Cross references related to "pain, hurt; suffering, injury" word families: -agra; algesi-; angina-; dolor-; Masochism; noci-; odyno-; poen-; pono- (toil, work; pain); Sadism.