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variant of as final element of a compound word:
Historical Examples

He cannot bear that algia should dance before strangers, but what can he do?
Desert Air Robert Hichens

combining form
denoting pain or a painful condition of the part specified: neuralgia, odontalgia

word-forming element denoting “pain,” from Greek algos “pain,” algein “to feel pain,” of unknown origin. Related to alegein “to care about,” originally “to feel pain.”

-algia suff.
Pain: neuralgia.


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