One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘Because epidural analgesia provides the highest level of pain relief, the physician and patient should decide when it should be used.’
- ‘The association of maternal fever with epidural analgesia is well known.’
- ‘Most women in the United States deliver infants in hospitals where epidural analgesia or intravenous narcotics are the only pain-relief options.’
- ‘The Acute Pain Service from the Department of Anesthesia manages epidural analgesia.’
Early 18th century: from Greek analgēsia ‘painlessness’, from an- ‘not’ + algein ‘feel pain’.
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