Definition of analgesia in English:


Line breaks: an|al¦gesia
Pronunciation: /ˌan(ə)lˈdʒiːzɪə


[mass noun] Medicine
  • 1The inability to feel pain.
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    • 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
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    • 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'.

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