Pain in a muscle; or pain in multiple muscles. Myalgia is muscle pain. That's all. There are, however, specific types of myalgia such as, for examples, epidemic myalgia and polymyalgia rheumatica. Epidemic myalgia, also known as Bornholm disease, is an acute viral infection that runs in epidemics and, among other things, produces marked muscle pain. Hence, the name "epidemic myalgia." By contrast, polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is disorder of multiple muscles (polymyalgia) and joints of older persons characterized by pain and stiffness. Hence, the name "polymyalgia rheumatica." "Myalgia" is made up of "my(o)-" from the Greek "myos" meaning muscle and "-algia" from the Greek "algos" meaning pain.
* * *
Muscular pain. SYN: myodynia. [G. mys, muscle, + algos, pain]
- epidemic m. SYN: epidemic pleurodynia.
- m. thermica SYN: heat cramps, under cramp.

* * *

my·al·gia mī-'al-j(ē-)ə n pain in one or more muscles
my·al·gic -jik adj

* * *

pain in the muscles.
myalgic adj.

* * *

my·al·gia (mi-alґjə) [my- + algia] pain in a muscle or muscles. Called also myodynia.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Myalgia — Classification and external resources Myalgia of the right biceps brachii. ICD 10 M …   Wikipedia

  • Myalgia — My*al gi*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? muscle + ? pain.] (Med.) Pain in the muscles; muscular rheumatism or neuralgia. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Myalgīa — (griech.), Muskel schmerz; M. lumbalis (Lumbago), Hexenschuß etc …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • myalgia — (n.) muscular pain, 1827, coined in Modern Latin (on analogy of neuralgia) from MYO (Cf. myo ) muscle + ALGIA (Cf. algia) pain …   Etymology dictionary

  • myalgia — ► NOUN ▪ pain in a muscle or group of muscles. DERIVATIVES myalgic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek mus muscle + algos pain …   English terms dictionary

  • myalgia — [mī al′jē ə, mī al′jə] n. [ModL: see MYO & ALGIA] pain in a muscle or muscles myalgic adj …   English World dictionary

  • myalgia — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1860 pain in one or more muscles • myalgic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • myalgia — Muscle pain …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • myalgia — myalgic, adj. /muy al jee euh, jeuh/, n. Pathol. pain in the muscles; muscular rheumatism. Also called myoneuralgia. [1855 60; MY + ALGIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • myalgia — noun Muscular pain or tenderness …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”