from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A toothache.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Pain in the teeth; toothache.

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  • noun (Med.) Toothache.

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  • noun medicine toothache

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  • noun an ache localized in or around a tooth


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From New Latin, from ὀδονταλγία (odontalgia, "toothache")


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  • If this experiment is again tried in odontalgia, or hemicrania, the painful membrane of the tooth or head should be included between the south and north poles of a horse-shoe magnet, or between the contrary poles of two different magnets, that the magnetism may be accumulated on the torpid part.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life Erasmus Darwin 1766

  • Some other diseases are erroneously called rheumatic, as hemicrania, and odontalgia.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life Erasmus Darwin 1766

  • Hence odontalgia is found to belong to the order of decreased irritation.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life Erasmus Darwin 1766

  • There is no one effective treatment option for atypical odontalgia sufferers, but studies have shown that neuropathic pain medications appear to be effective for most patients.

    News 2010

  • His medication has been increased to the maximum dose, but he is still in pain, and he now has a diagnosis of odontalgia.

    News 2010

  • Atypical odontalgia is pain in seemingly normal teeth and is diagnosed only after invasive treatments, such as further tooth extraction, have failed to alleviate pain.

    News 2010

  • He comments that a patient might talk of a "shiner" whereas a doctor (holy of holies) would speak of a "periorbital ecchymosis," which is true only if you could imagine a doctor referring to cephalalgia instead of a headache or odontalgia instead of a toothache.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 1 1976


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