One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘Dr. Quick reported a case of cephalalgy of long standing, cured by bleeding, iodine, and arsenic.’
- ‘In this case the cephalalgy was probably of syphilitic origin.’
- ‘The first time a person is magnetized, it happens that either he does not feel anything, or he feels only some heat in his head, some cephalalgy.’
- ‘The pain in the head increases to an acute cephalalgy.’
- ‘I was attacked with a violent cephalalgy — that devilish cephalalgy, I believe I have it yet.’
Mid 16th century: via Latin cephalalgia from Greek kephalalgia, from kephalē ‘head’ + algos ‘pain’: see -y.
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