One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various instruments used to measure responses to painful stimuli and sensitivity to pain.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John S. Billings (1838–1913). From Italian algometro (C. Lombroso 1867, in Annali universali di medicina 200 114; compare quot. 1867 at algometry, which is taken from an abstract of this article; from ancient Greek ἄλγος pain + Italian -metro, perhaps after German Algometer), with remodelling of the second element after -meter.
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