al·​gol·​o·​gy al-ˈgä-lə-jē How to pronounce algology (audio)
algological adjective
algologist noun

Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of algology was in 1828

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“Algology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
al·​gol·​o·​gy al-ˈgäl-ə-jē How to pronounce algology (audio)
plural algologies
algological adjective


2 of 2 noun
: a medical specialty concerned with the study and treatment of pain
Specialized facilities for the treatment of chronic pain have originated within the past 20 years and are associated with the emergence of a medical specialty known as algology or dolorology.Marian Osterweis et al., Pain and Disability: Clinical, Behavioral, and Public Policy Perspectives

called also dolorology

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