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.

psychalgia
1. Distress attending a mental effort, noted especially in melancholia; also, algopsychalia, mind pain; and phrenalgia, psychalgalia, soul pain.
2. Mental distress marked by auditory and visual hallucinations, often associated with melancholia.
3. Discomfort or pain, usually in the head, which accompanies mental activity (obsessions, hallucinations, etc.), and is recognized by the patient as being emotional in origin. Psychalgia is also used to refer to any psychogenic pain disorder.
psychroalgia, psychralgia
1. A painful sensation of cold.
2. A morbid state characterized by painful subjective sensations of cold.
pternalgia
Pain in the heel.
ptoalgia
Pain caused by or resulting from some emotional origin.
pulpalgia
1. Toothache or sensitivity of the dental pulp.
2. Pain arising from dental pulp.
pygalgia (s) (noun), pygalgias (pl)
1. Soreness in the buttocks, i.e., a pain in the rump.
2. Related to proctalgia or pain in the rectum.
rachialgia
Pain in the vertebral column or spine.
rachianalgesia
The absence of pain in the the spinal area.
radiculalgia
Neuralgia due to irritation of the sensory root of a spinal nerve.
rectalgia
Pain at the anus or in the rectum.
rhachialgia
1. A pain affecting the spine.
2. Pain in the spine; especially, neuralgic pain.
rheumatalgia
Rheumatic pain.
rhinalgia (s) (noun), rhinalgias (pl)
A pain in the nose; also, "rhinodynia".
sacralgia
Pain in the sacrum (triangular bone just below the lumbar vertebrae).
sacrocoxalgia (s) (noun), sacrocoxalgias (pl)
A painful condition of the triangular-shaped pelvic bone and the coccyx: When Al stepped outside, he slipped and fell on the ice and suffered a serious sacrocoxalgia in his back.

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