neurasthenia

noun neur·as·the·nia \ ˌnu̇r-əs-ˈthē-nē-ə , ˌnyu̇r- \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of neurasthenia

: a condition that is characterized especially by physical and mental exhaustion usually with accompanying symptoms (such as headache and irritability), is of unknown cause but is often associated with depression or emotional stress, and is sometimes considered similar to or identical with chronic fatigue syndrome

neurasthenic

play \ˌnu̇r-əs-ˈthe-nik, -ˈthē-, ˌnyu̇r-\ adjective or noun

neurasthenically

play \ˌnu̇r-əs-ˈthe-ni-k(ə-)lē, -ˈthē-, ˌnyu̇r-\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of neurasthenia

neur- + asthenia, probably after Italian neurastenia
Note: Italian neurastenia (now nevrastenia) appears to have been introduced, in reference to what was taken to be a form of tetanus (tetano nervoso or tetano astenico "nervous" or "asthenic tetanus"), by the Pavia physician Giuseppe Bergamaschi in "Osservazioni medico-pratiche sul tetano," Giornale di medicina pratica, edited by Valeriano Luigi Brera, fascicolo 29 (settembre-ottobre 1816). Bergamaschi's neurastenia is cited as "neurostenia" in John Mason Good's The Study of Medicine, 2nd edition, vol. 4 (London, 1825), p. 353. The word was reintroduced to refer to a psychological disorder by both the American psychiatrist E.H. Van Deusen ("Observations on a form of nervous prostration, (neurasthenia,) culminating in insanity," American Journal of Insanity, April, 1869, vol. 45, pp. 445-61) and the American neurologist George Miller Beard ("Neurasthenia, or nervous exhaustion," Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, new series vol. 3, no. 13, April 29, 1869, pp. 217-21.


Medical Dictionary

neurasthenia

noun neur·as·the·nia \ ˌn(y)u̇r-əs-ˈthē-nē-ə \

medical Definition of neurasthenia

: a condition that is characterized especially by physical and mental exhaustion usually with accompanying symptoms (as headaches, insomnia, and irritability), is believed to result from psychological factors (as depression or emotional stress or conflict), and is sometimes considered similar to or identical with chronic fatigue syndrome

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