Proper use of nomenclature is important in the field of pain medicine. Objective terminology is helpful to understand pain etiology, the treatment of pain states, and for effective communication among colleagues and patients. The International Association for the Study of Pain has developed standard definitions for commonly used terms, many of which are taken verbatim in this chapter. The contents of this chapter will serve as a review of these terms, as well as incorporate other important terminology commonly used in the field. When possible, examples and clinical correlations are presented to assist with understanding of complex definitions.
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