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1[mass noun] The inability to feel pain.
- ‘In Scotland, a conservative view by anaesthetists prevented patients with epidural anaesthesia / analgesia being nursed outside of high dependency units.’
- ‘The Acute Pain Service from the Department of Anesthesia manages epidural analgesia.’
- ‘Because epidural analgesia provides the highest level of pain relief, the physician and patient should decide when it should be used.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Medication that acts to relieve pain:‘she was able to take analgesia orally’
- ‘Diamorphine given by the nasal route resulted in more rapid analgesia than intramuscular morphine in young people in acute pain’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Giving opioids to supplement analgesia, followed by conversion to general anaesthesia, was a perfectly reasonable response by the anaesthetist to Weir's distress at delivery.’
- ‘Morphine consumption by patient-controlled analgesia was assessed up to 72 hours after surgery.’
Early 18th century: from Greek analgēsia painlessness, from an- not + algein feel pain.
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