• WordNet 3.6
    • n neuralgia acute spasmodic pain along the course of one or more nerves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cocaine was sold to cure sore throat, neuralgia, nervousness, headache, colds and sleeplessness in the 1880s.
    • n Neuralgia (Med) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n neuralgia A pain, corresponding frequently to the distribution of some one nerve, which is not due immediately and simply to excessive stimulation of the nerve or nerves involved by some gross or extra-nervous lesion, but to a nutritive or other molecular change in the nerves themselves or their central connections. The pain is usually paroxysmal, varying in intensity, and described as shooting, stabbing, boring, burning, or deep-seated. Neuralgia is largely confined to adult life, is more frequent in women than in men, and is especially apt to occur in neuropathic individuals. It is induced by cold, exhaustion (from overwork, worry, over-lactation, mental shock, lack of food and rest), anemia, malaria, alcohol, lead, and glycohemia. In addition to this so-called idiopathic neuralgia, symptomatic neuralgia is sometimes used to designate neuralgiform pains incident to some gross lesion.
    • n neuralgia See the adjectives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Neuralgia nū-ral′ji-a pain of a purely nervous character, occurring in paroxysms, usually unaccompanied by inflammation, fever, or any appreciable change of structure in the affected part—(obs.) Neural′gy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. ney^ron nerve + pain. See nerve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. neuron, nerve, algos, pain.


In literature:

Neuralgia racks me, and fatigue.
"The Man Who Wins" by Robert Herrick
You never had neuralgia, have you?
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The final whistle found her one entire neuralgia.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
That affected me like a neuralgia.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
It is like the line in Pinero's play, where one woman says she cannot go to the opera because of her neuralgia.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
The latter had been detained at home by an attack of neuralgia, and was in a bad temper.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
The President was better yesterday; it is neuralgia in the right shoulder, disabling his arm.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The climate of Foundryville gave her neuralgia.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
But I have had neuralgia.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
It is neuralgia, which she contracted by overtaxing her brain, and by the bad air here.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai

In news:

FDA Approves XenoPort, GSK's Horizant for Managing Postherpetic Neuralgia.
25-year-old seeks respite from fibromyalgia, occipital neuralgia and 'chronic pain'.
FDA Approved, Non-Invasive Laser Is A Success in Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain Treatment.
It's called trigeminal neuralgia and it happens to almost 2 million people each year in the US Now, there's a surgery that can eliminate the pain and get these people back to living normal lives.