erethism

noun
er·​e·​thism | \ ˈer-ə-ˌthi-zəm How to pronounce erethism (audio) \

Definition of erethism

: abnormal irritability or responsiveness to stimulation

First Known Use of erethism

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for erethism

French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos irritation, from erethizein to irritate; akin to Greek ornynai to rouse — more at orient entry 2

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“Erethism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erethism. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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erethism

noun
er·​e·​thism | \ ˈer-ə-ˌthiz-əm How to pronounce erethism (audio) \

Medical Definition of erethism

: abnormal irritability or responsiveness to stimulation

Other Words from erethism

erethic \ ə-​ˈreth-​ik, er-​ˈeth-​ How to pronounce erethism (audio) \ adjective

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