Definition of Neuralgia

1. Noun. Acute spasmodic pain along the course of one or more nerves.

Exact synonyms: Neuralgy
Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain
Specialized synonyms: Tic Douloureux, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Sciatica
Derivative terms: Neuralgic, Neuralgic

Definition of Neuralgia

1. n. A disease, the chief symptom of which is a very acute pain, exacerbating or intermitting, which follows the course of a nervous branch, extends to its ramifications, and seems therefore to be seated in the nerve. It seems to be independent of any structural lesion.

Definition of Neuralgia

1. Noun. (pathology neurology) An acute, severe, intermittent pain that radiates along a nerve. ¹

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Medical Definition of Neuralgia

1. Paroxysmal pain which extends along the course of one or more nerves. Many varieties of neuralgia are distinguished according to the part affected or to the cause, as brachial, facial, occipital, supraorbital, etc. Or anaemic, diabetic, gouty, malarial, syphilitic, etc. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Neuralgia

neural layer of optic retina
neural layer of retina
neural net
neural network
neural networks
neural part of hypophysis
neural pathway
neural plate
neural retina
neural segment
neural spine
neural structure
neural tube
neuralgia (current term)
neuralgia facialis vera
neuralgic amyotrophy
neuraminic acid

Literary usage of Neuralgia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1873)
"THE TREATMENT OF neuralgia BY ELECTRICITY. BY GEORGE M. BEARD, MD, OF NEW YORK. ALTHOUGH the subject of electro-therapeutics in general is now exciting ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1879)
"Since early boyhood, however, he has been a martyr to neuralgia ... Though nine months have since elapsed, there has been no return of the neuralgia. ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1920)
"He describes also local and reflex trigeminal neuralgia, and reports a case in which supra-orbital neuralgia of long standing disappeared after removal of a ..."

4. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"The varieties of neuralgia are very numerous. Some are distinguished according to tho nerve affected; as neuralgia of the ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1884)
"The patient continued well for two months, when the neuralgia having returned, ... It was a severe ulnar neuralgia (neuritis ?) of five and a half years' ..."

6. A Treatise on Diseases of the Nervous System by William Alexander Hammond (1871)
"neuralgia of the fifth pair. 5. Cervico-occipital neuralgia. c. ... Crural neuralgia. g. Sciatic neuralgia. neuralgia OF THE FIFTH PAEB OF ..."

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