Definition of causalgia in English:



mass noun
  • Severe burning pain in a limb caused by injury to a peripheral nerve.

    • ‘But what other employment lifestyle threatens Sudeck's atrophy, causalgia, stellate ganglion blockades, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus while still bombarding you with offers for herbal Viagra?’
    • ‘The syndrome, originally termed causalgia, was first used in 1864, to describe the typical burning pain caused by vasomotor disturbances following peripheral nerve injuries from gunshot wounds.’
    • ‘Acute complete ischaemia can lead to peripheral nerve injury that manifests as the chronic pain syndrome, also referred to as causalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and many other terms.’
    • ‘Major causalgia is the best example of efferent dysfunction secondary to sensory nerve damage and RSD.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek kausos ‘heat, fever’ + -algia.