allodynia

noun
al·lo·dyn·ia | \ ˌa-lō-ˈdi-nē-ə \

Definition of allodynia 

: pain resulting from a stimulus (such as a light touch of the skin) which would not normally provoke pain also : a condition marked by such pain

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The work also may lead to therapies for allodynia, a nerve condition that causes some people to misperceive something normally not-so-cold as painful. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "In Winter, You Might Wish You Had This Rodent Superpower," 27 Dec. 2017 Data has shown that the best chance of giving migraine sufferers relief with triptans — a class of migraine-specific medications — is taking them early in the attack, before the process of allodynia becomes established, says Grosberg. Grace Gold, Allure, "Here's Why Your Hair and Scalp Hurts Sometimes," 12 Dec. 2017 With allodynia, normally nonpainful stimuli — like brushing your hair, wearing a hat or a loose ponytail, and feeling water wash over your hair in the shower — become painful. Grace Gold, Allure, "Here's Why Your Hair and Scalp Hurts Sometimes," 12 Dec. 2017 Blocking the PD-1 receptor in mice by giving a molecule called RMP1-14 increased pain, and caused allodynia, or painful reactions to normally non-painful stimuli, the study found. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cancer actually yields a painkiller," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of allodynia

circa 1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allodynia

all- + -odynia "pain," borrowed from Greek -ōdynia (as in anōdynía "freedom from pain"), from odýnē "pain, torment" + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at anodyne entry 1

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allodynia

noun
al·lo·dyn·ia | \ ˌal-ə-ˈdin-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of allodynia 

: pain resulting from a stimulus (as a light touch of the skin) which would not normally provoke pain also : a condition marked by allodynia

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