hyperesthesia

noun hy·per·es·the·sia \ˌhī-pər-es-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə\

Definition of hyperesthesia

  1. :  unusual or pathological sensitivity of the skin or of a particular sense

hyperesthetic

play \-ˈthe-tik\ adjective

Variants of hyperesthesia

less commonly

\ˌhī-pər-es-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə\

Origin and Etymology of hyperesthesia

New Latin, from hyper- + -esthesia (as in anesthesia)


First Known Use: circa 1852


Medical Dictionary

hyperesthesia

noun hy·per·es·the·sia

Medical Definition of hyperesthesia

  1. :  unusual or pathological sensitivity of the skin or of a particular sense to stimulation <tactile hyperesthesia of the leg>

hyperesthetic

or chiefly British

hyperaesthetic

\-ˈthet-ik\play adjective

Variants of hyperesthesia

or chiefly British

hyperaesthesia

\ˌhī-pə-res-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə\play

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