over·​stim·​u·​late | \ˌō-vər-ˈstim-yə-ˌlāt \
overstimulated; overstimulating

Definition of overstimulate 

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: 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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overstimulation \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌstim-​yə-​ˈlā-​shən \ 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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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 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. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 16 June 2015

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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