Definition of analgesia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌan(ə)lˈdʒiːzɪə/


[mass noun] Medicine
1The inability to feel pain.
Example sentences
  • Most women in the United States deliver infants in hospitals where epidural analgesia or intravenous narcotics are the only pain-relief options.
  • The association of maternal fever with epidural analgesia is well known.
  • In Scotland, a conservative view by anaesthetists prevented patients with epidural anaesthesia / analgesia being nursed outside of high dependency units.
1.1Medication that acts to relieve pain: she was able to take analgesia orally
More example sentences
  • What is the evidence that narcotic analgesia is efficacious in relieving chronic nonmalignant pain?
  • Begin with simple oral analgesia: paracetamol 1000 mg or ibuprofen 400 mg, preferably in soluble form, as the first step.
  • Diamorphine given by the nasal route resulted in more rapid analgesia than intramuscular morphine in young people in acute pain


Early 18th century: from Greek analgēsia 'painlessness', from an- 'not' + algein 'feel pain'.

  • nostalgia from late 18th century:

    As the saying goes, ‘Nostalgia isn't what it used to be’. In English nostalgia first meant ‘acute homesickness’, coined in the 18th century from the Greek words nostos, ‘return home’, and algos, ‘pain’, as a translation of the German word Heimweh or ‘homesickness’. The familiar modern meaning, ‘longing for the past’, had become established by the early 20th century. There are a number of medical terms also derived from algos, all relating to physical pain, such as neuralgia (early 19th century) ‘pain in a nerve’, and analgesia (early 18th century) ‘relief of pain’.

Words that rhyme with analgesia

amnesia, anaesthesia (US anesthesia), freesia, Indonesia, Silesia, synaesthesia

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