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antalgic

adjective an·tal·gic \ an-ˈtal-jik \

medical Definition of antalgic

1 :marked by or being an unnatural position or movement assumed by someone to minimize or alleviate pain or discomfort (as in the leg or back)
  • Without even thinking about it, we adjust the way we walk to avoid putting too much pressure on a creaky joint because otherwise it hurts. Experts call this the antalgic … or pain avoidance, gait.
  • Harvard Health LetterFebruary 2009
  • The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost 90 degrees …
  • —Douglas R. BriggsDynamic Chiropractic29 Jan. 2008
  • an antalgic spine
2 :relieving pain :analgesic
  • It is necessary to reduce catecholamine increase due to pain caused by the burn agents, by administering adequate antalgic therapy.
  • —B. Mazzarella et al., in The Management of Mass Burn Casualties and Fire Disasters1992
  • an antalgic effect

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