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1. continuous pain, as opposed to sharp pangs or twinges. An ache can be either dull and constant, as in some types of backache, or throbbing, as in some types of headache and toothache.
2. to suffer such pain.
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A dull, poorly localized pain, usually of less than severe intensity.
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A gene on chromosome 7q22 that encodes acetylcholinesterase, which hydrolyses the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at neuromuscular junctions and brain cholinergic synapses, terminating signal transmission. It is also found on red blood cell membranes, where it constitutes the Yt blood group antigen.
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Abbreviation for anticholinesterase; acetylcholinesterase.


A dull, generalized or localized pain, usually one of less than severe intensity.
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A persistent dull pain.
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A dull, poorly localized pain, usually of less than severe intensity.
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Patient discussion about ache

Q. Head aches terrible I am suffering with bad headaches everyday for the past week, so i thought i would check up on it from you guys. When the day nears the noon, my head ache becomes worse. No common cold. Kindly give me a solution.

A. Anyone who suffers from headaches knows they can put a damper on everyday life. But not all headaches are alike. Learn what type of headache you have.

Q. How can i overcome kidney ache? in the morning it appears.after wake up.

A. First of all, it is important to distinguish kidney ache from lower back ache. If you have ever suffered from kidney problems or infections, it might be advisable to see a doctor, and rule out an infection. However, if you are otherwise healthy, and have been experiencing back pain after you wake up, it is very much possible your pain is not from the kidneys, but from the muscles of your back. In this case, some exercise on a daily basis to help strengthen your lower back can very much ease the pain you're experiencing.

Q. how do you help a tooyh ache? cavity

A. Painkillers may relieve the pain but only temporarily, so if you have a tooth pain in my opinion the best way to treat it is consulting a dentist or other doctor.

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