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.

analgesimeter (s) (noun), analgesimeters (pl)
A device used for accessing the effectiveness of analgesics in counteracting pain: In a medical class he took, John learned how good an analgesimeter worked when testing an analgesic, like an aspirin, in removing the feeling of pain.
analgia (s) (noun), analgias (pl)
Absence of any sensibility to pain: Mary was in a condition of analgia when her arm was operated on.
analgic (adjective) (not comparable)
Insensible to or not feeling pain: Alice mouth was in an analgic state when her dentist extracted her tooth.
andromasalgia (s) (noun), andromasalgias (pl)
Painfulness of the male breast, especially at puberty: Max was entering puberty and experienced andromasalgia of his chest, but his parents said that that would pass soon.
angialgia (s) (noun), angialgias (pl)
Outdated, pain in a blood vessel: Angialgia, or suffering ascribed to vascular pathology, is hardly used in medical parlance.
angialgistic (adjective) (not comparable)
Concerning pain in a vein or in an artery: Debbie complained about her left leg hurting, and after being examined by her doctor, she was told that her suffering came from an angialgistic condition.
angioneuralgia (s) (noun), angioneuralgias (pl)
A burning pain in an extremity with edema and redness: Mr. Eveans felt a red-hot soreness on his arm which was inflamed and swollen, and his doctor informed him, after being examined, that he had a case of angioneuralgia.
antalgesia (s) (noun) (no pl)
1. A rarely used term in medicine for the inability to feel pain; analgesia: Dr. Simmons wondered if Alice was experiencing antalgesia after the operation, and asked her if she felt any pain when raising her arm.
2.In pharmacology, a medication to lower and to relieve pain: Dr. Smith recommended that Susan take an antalgesia in case she was experiencing any pain following the operation.
aortalgia (s) (noun) (no pl)
In pathology, pain thought to be caused by an aneurysm or other conditions of the aorta: An aortalgia was believed to be a pain due to a morbid situation of the aorta that carries blood from the heart to almost all other parts of the body.
aphalgesia (s) (noun) (no pl)
1. Pain induced by objects having a symbolic meaning or significance: In the story Jack was reading, aphalgesia was brought about by a sword being pressed again the arm of the main character in order to drive out the devil.
2. A rare type of psychogenic pain disorder: Aphalgesia occurs when pain comes in 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: In the gruesome story, aphalgesia was the result when the non-dangerous item with symbolical meaning touched the girl.
4. Etymology: New Latin from Greek haphe, "touch" + algesia, "pain".
apodemialgia (s) (noun), apodemialgias (pl)
Wanderlust; a painful desire to get away from home: After recovering from his injury and staying home so lond, Sam suddenly developed apodemialgia and wanted to travel around the world, and he knew he wouldn't experience nostalgia!
appendalgia (s) (noun), appendalgias (pl)
Obsolete, pain in the lower right area of the abdomen, the region of the appendix: Bob developed a fever and pain in his abdomen, and Dr. Good said he had a condition of appendalgia involving his vermiform appendix, and sent him immediately to hospital for an operation.
arthralgia, arthrodynia (s) (noun); arthralgias; arthrodynias (pl)
Severe pain between bone structures, especially one that is not inflammatory in character: The crushed toe on his left foot resulted in Pearson experiencing arthralgia, a considerable pain which was not caused by a disease.
audioanalgesia (s) (noun) (no pl)
The use of music or sound delivered through earphones to mask pain during dental or surgical procedures: Judy was very happy when the dentist mentioned audioanalgesia with the use of white noise in order to reduce the discomfort she might experience during treatment.
barodontalgia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Toothache associated with the reduction in atmospheric pressure in high-altitude flying; aerodontalgia: Mr. Top, a pilot, was happy that he didn't contract barodontalgia with his teeth when flying for the airline company.

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