overstimulate

verb
over·​stim·​u·​late | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce overstimulate (audio) \
overstimulated; overstimulating

Definition of overstimulate

transitive verb

: to stimulate to an excessive or abnormal degree The ongoing presence of HIV overstimulates B cells, which are abundant in the lymph nodes, and keeps them in a state of chronic activation.— Robert R. Redfield et al. … a monetary system … that keeps government from overstimulating demand through excessive money creation.— George Melloan — see also overstimulated

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Other Words from overstimulate

overstimulation \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌstim-​yə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce overstimulation (audio) \ noun, plural overstimulations
In fact, too much stability and routine may bore such a horse—and boredom can be just as stressful as overstimulation. — Robert W. Bell, PhD

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Hormones: Androgen hormones overstimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands, which makes your body produce so much oil that it gets stuck in your pores and traps bacteria. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 7 Nov. 2017 Hormones: Androgen hormones overstimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands, which makes your body produce so much oil that it gets stuck in your pores and traps bacteria. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 7 Nov. 2017 Hormones: Androgen hormones overstimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands, which makes your body produce so much oil that it gets stuck in your pores and traps bacteria. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 7 Nov. 2017 Some foreign investors are concerned that the $1.5 trillion tax cut passed by Congress in December will overstimulate the U.S. economy, leading to an acceleration in inflation and potentially higher bond yields and interest rates. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Uncle Sam Wants You: Treasury Depends More on Domestic Bond Buyers," 17 Aug. 2018 Hormones: Androgen hormones overstimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands, which makes your body produce so much oil that it gets stuck in your pores and traps bacteria. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 7 Nov. 2017 One is that hyperactivity of the neurons in your brainstem can overstimulate your vestibular system, the part of your inner ear that’s involved in your balance, Dr. Carroll says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 Researchers aren’t allowed to overstimulate a random sample of babies to see what happens to their brains. Pamela Druckerman, New York Times, "Are iPhones Bad for Kids?," 8 Mar. 2018 The sights and sounds of university dining halls, parties in the dormitories and crowded campuses can overstimulate and overwhelm them. Washington Post, "The transition to college can be tough, even more so if you have autism," 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of overstimulate

1801, in the meaning defined above

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overstimulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overstimulate

: to cause (someone or something) to become too active or excited : to stimulate (someone or something) too much

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