hy·​per·​es·​the·​sia ˌhī-pər-es-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce hyperesthesia (audio)
variants or less commonly
: unusual or pathological sensitivity of the skin or of a particular sense
hyperesthetic adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyperesthesia was circa 1852

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“Hyperesthesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperesthesia. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British hyperaesthesia
: unusual or pathological sensitivity of the skin or of a particular sense to stimulation
tactile hyperesthesia of the leg
hyperesthetic adjective
or chiefly British hyperaesthetic

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