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.

uteralgia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Pain in or near the uterus; metralgia: Each time Meg had her period, she suffered from uteralgia, because she had menstrual cramps causing her to feel indisposed.
vasalgia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Pain in a blood vessel or blood vessels: At the doctor's office, Mr. Smith learned that he had a condion of vasalgia resulting from a a narrowed blood vessel, or even a blocked one, which lessened that flow of blood in his veins.
visceralgia (s) (noun), visceralgias (pl)
Deep pain in any of the internal-bodily organs, usually of neurologic origin: Well-known examples of visceralgia take place in the stomach, the intestines, the throat, joints in the knees, hips, etc.; and in the chest with the heart or lungs.
xerostalgia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Pain that results by touching a dry or rough object: Since Mary knew that she had xerostalgia, she never wanted to feel any uneven or rugged objects, like some rocks or the trunks of trees.
xiphoidalgia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Pain of a neuralgic character, in the region of the sternum; xiphodynia: There are various reasons for a condition of xiphoidalgia including bronchitis, costochondritis, and pneumonia.

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