an·​he·​do·​nia | \ ˌan-(ˌ)hē-ˈdō-nē-ə , -nyə\

Definition of anhedonia

: a psychological condition characterized by inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable acts

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Other Words from anhedonia

anhedonic \ -​ˈdä-​nik \ adjective

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Chronic-pain patients typically also suffer from anhedonia—the inability to experience pleasure—and research suggests that their brains’ reward systems are wired slightly differently from those in other brains. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "The Neuroscience of Pain," 9 May 2016 How was the anhedonia hypothesis overturned, and when? Angela Chen, The Verge, "Please stop calling dopamine the ‘pleasure chemical’," 27 Mar. 2018 Nolan has confused his native island with the anhedonia in his head. Christian Lorentzen, New Republic, "Dunkirk Manages to Make War Boring," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of anhedonia

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anhedonia

New Latin, from a- entry 2 + Greek hēdonē pleasure — more at hedonism

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The first known use of anhedonia was in 1887

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an·​he·​do·​nia | \ ˌan-hē-ˈdō-nē-ə \

Medical Definition of anhedonia

: a psychological condition characterized by inability to experience pleasure in acts which normally produce it — compare analgesia

Other Words from anhedonia

anhedonic \ -​ˈdän-​ik \ adjective
anhedonic noun

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