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a combining form meaning “pain,” of the kind or in the place specified by the initial element: pododynia.
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Origin of -odynia

<New Latin <Greek, equivalent to odýn(ē) pain + -ia-y3
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What does -odynia mean?

The combining form -odynia is used like a suffix meaning “pain.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.

The form -odynia ultimately comes from the Greek odýnē, meaning “pain.” Similar in meaning and use to -odynia are the combining forms -algia, -algy, and algo-.

What are variants of –odynia?

The corresponding form of -odynia combined like a prefix to the beginning of words is odyno-, as in odynophagia.

Examples of -odynia

One example of a medical term that features the combining form -odynia is gastrodynia, meaning “stomach ache.”

The combining form gastr- means “stomach.” You might be familiar with the form from such words as gastritis. And as we now know, -odynia means “pain.” Gastrodynia literally translates to “stomach pain.”

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The combining form cardi- means “heart.” With this in mind, what does the medical condition of cardiodynia involve?