Definition of neuralgia
: acute paroxysmal pain radiating along the course of one or more nerves usually without demonstrable changes in the nerve structure
neuralgicplay \nu̇-ˈral-jik, nyu̇-\ adjective
Recent Examples of neuralgia from the Web
People who live to 85 have a 50-50 chance of developing shingles, which can result in a complication called postherpetic neuralgia, a debilitating nerve pain.
People suffering from three medical conditions — hydrocephalus, migraines and trigeminal neuralgia — may be able to use medical marijuana under a plan expected to win approval from the Department of Consumer Protection.
Much of the book details Andrew’s hellish 10-year struggle with trigeminal neuralgia, an entangled facial nerve that causes excruciating pain.
Zostavax, the current shingles vaccine, reduces the risk of the disease in adults over 60 by half, and the incidence of postherpetic neuralgia by two-thirds.
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Origin and Etymology of neuralgia
First Known Use: 1807See Words from the same year
NEURALGIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of neuralgia for English Language Learners
medical : a sharp pain that is felt along the length of a nerve
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