stress·​or | \ ˈstre-sər How to pronounce stressor (audio) , -ˌsȯr \

Definition of stressor

: a stimulus that causes stress

Examples of stressor in a Sentence

Credit card debt is a major stressor in her life.
Recent Examples on the Web To say Covid-19 has been a stressor is putting it mildly. Maria Minor, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 While fear lingers and recovery takes time, Covid-19 has become like a chronic stressor, one that has ebbed and flowed but hasn’t disappeared in the U.S. for over a year. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 9 May 2021 An acute emotional or physical stressor typically precedes this heart attack-like event. Jackie Rocheleau, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 One-on-one time with a spouse or significant other is important to prioritize as well, Harris said, because having a baby can be a major stressor on a relationship. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 That stressor is the fear and ambiguity that surrounds the spread of this deadly virus that killed over a half a million Americans. Natalie Gontcharova,, 11 Mar. 2021 Chaynee Rummel, a licensed clinical counselor who provides individual and group counseling for adolescents at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, says a major stressor for returning students is falling behind in academics. Darcel Rockett,, 9 Mar. 2021 Though mental health was the most common stressor shared among shooters, multiple stressors are usually at play, the FBI report said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021 For families living paycheck to paycheck, affording diapers is often a bigger stressor than paying for food or housing. Fortune, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of stressor

1950, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jun 2021

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“Stressor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stressor

: something that makes you worried or anxious : a source of stress


stress·​or | \ ˈstres-ər How to pronounce stressor (audio) , -ˌȯ(ə)r How to pronounce stressor (audio) \

Medical Definition of stressor

: a stimulus that causes stress psychological stressors


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