Common Symptomatic Suffixes

There are thousands of major and minor things which can occur to a human body. Each disease and pathological condition is described by a specific medical term. Often similar symptoms and pathological conditions can occur in different parts of the body. It is convenient, therefore, to have word elements which describe certain common conditions. For example, the word element -algia means "pain" or "ache", which can be combined with other word elements referring to parts of the body. Thus, myalgia refers to a pain or ache in a muscle or muscles.