neuralgia

noun
neu·​ral·​gia | \ nu̇-ˈral-jə How to pronounce neuralgia (audio) , nyu̇- \

Definition of neuralgia

: acute paroxysmal pain radiating along the course of one or more nerves usually without demonstrable changes in the nerve structure

Other Words from neuralgia

neuralgic \ nu̇-​ˈral-​jik How to pronounce neuralgia (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ adjective

Examples of neuralgia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The risk of complicated shingles continues to increase with older age, meaning that older people are more likely to develop postherpetic neuralgia, which is a terrible and life-altering pain syndrome that may develop after a case of shingles. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2021 Unfortunately, postherpetic neuralgia can last a very long time -- for people over 65 with persistent, active PHN, the average duration of symptoms was about three and a half years. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 Trigeminal neuralgia is a pain syndrome involving the trigeminal nerve, which provides the sensation to the face in three bands, called divisions of the nerve: the eye and scalp, upper jaw and nose, and lower jaw and ear. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021 This long-lasting pain is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Julie Washington, cleveland, 15 Dec. 2019 Those overhauls still induce fits of neuralgia among SPD leaders who believe the reform costs the party votes and ought to be scrapped. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2018 On June 5, Gievers lifted the stay, saying Jordan and Diana Dodson, a plaintiff who has neuralgia associated with HIV, would suffer without having access to smokable marijuana. Dara Kam, OrlandoSentinel.com, 3 July 2018 On June 5, Gievers lifted the stay, saying Jordan and Diana Dodson, a plaintiff who has neuralgia associated with HIV, would suffer without having access to smokable marijuana. Dara Kam, Sun-Sentinel.com, 3 July 2018 Postherpetic neuralgia, the most common shingles complication, causes persistent pain even after the rash disappears. Health.com, 1 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of neuralgia

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neuralgia

neur- + -algia, probably after French névralgie

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“Neuralgia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neuralgia. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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neuralgia

noun
neu·​ral·​gia | \ n(y)u̇-ˈral-jə How to pronounce neuralgia (audio) \

Medical Definition of neuralgia

: acute paroxysmal pain radiating along the course of one or more nerves usually without demonstrable changes in the nerve structure — compare neuritis

Other Words from neuralgia

neuralgic \ -​jik How to pronounce neuralgia (audio) \ adjective

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