The term hyperalgesia comes from the Greek words huper (to exceed a certain boundary) and algos (pain). It translates loosely as 'exaggerated pain perception'. The term is used to denote an increased sensitivity to painful stimuli. Hyperalgesia is usually classified as a type of " hyperaesthesia. Pathophysiologically, hyperalge-sia is associated primarily with the sensitization of nociceptors, due, for example, to the chronic use of morphine or other analgesics. The term hyper-algesia is used in opposition to the term hypoal-gesia. It should not be confused with " allodynia, " hyperpathia, and " hallucinated pain.
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  • Hyperalgesia — Infobox Disease Name = PAGENAME Caption = DiseasesDB = 30788 ICD10 = ICD9 = ICD9|782.0 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = eMedicineTopic = MeshID = D006930Hyperalgesia is an increased sensitivity to pain, which may be caused by damage to …   Wikipedia

  • hyperalgesia — hyperalgesic, hyperalgetic /huy peuhr al jet ik/, adj. /huy peuhr al jee zee euh, see euh/, n. an exaggerated sense of pain (opposed to hypalgesia). Also, hyperalgia /huy peuhr al jee euh, jeuh/. [1895 1900; HYPER + ALGESIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • hyperalgesia — noun /ˈhaɪ.pə(ɹ)ˌæl.dʒɪiz.ɪi.ə/ An increased sensitivity to pain, which in one form is caused by damage to nociceptors in the bodys soft tissues. Ant: hypoalgesia See Also: algesia, analgesia …   Wiktionary

  • hyperalgesia — Extreme sensitivity to painful stimuli. [hyper + G. algos, pain] * * * hy·per·al·ge·sia .hī pə ral jē zhə, z(h)ē ə n increased sensitivity to pain or enhanced intensity of pain sensation hy·per·al·ge·sic jē zik, sik adj * * * n. an abnormal state …   Medical dictionary

  • hyperalgesia — n. abnormal sensitivity (to pain, heat, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hyperalgesia — [ˌhʌɪpəral dʒi:zɪə] noun Medicine abnormally heightened sensitivity to pain. Derivatives hyperalgesic adjective Origin from Gk huperalgein to be in great pain , based on algos pain …   English new terms dictionary

  • hyperalgesia — hy·per·algesia …   English syllables

  • hyperalgesia — n. an abnormal state of increased sensitivity to painful stimuli …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • hyperalgesia — /ˌhaɪpərælˈdʒiziə/ (say .huypuhral jeezeeuh) noun an exaggerated feeling or sense of pain. {New Latin, from Greek hyper hyper + algēsis sense of pain + ia ia} –hyperalgesic, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • hyperalgesia —   n. undue sensitiveness to pain …   Dictionary of difficult words

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