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.

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One of the biggest stressors that arises from being connected isn’t so much the work messages coming through but the mere thought of that work. Cassie Shortsleeve, Time, "How to Take a Relaxing Vacation Without Stressing About Work," 4 June 2019 The next stressor came via Josh Smith, LSU’s junior shortstop who Mainieri thought might go as high as No. Brody Miller,, "A roller-coaster 2 days of the MLB Draft for Paul Mainieri and LSU," 4 June 2019 Both though, work to cover dry, damaged skin and help reduce the appearance of aging caused by environmental stressors like too much sun, pollution, and lack of hydration. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Things You Should Be Doing for a Flawless Complexion," 3 May 2019 Constantly being on edge can also breed irritability, another stressor that can impact the quality of the relationship. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "7 Signs You're Dealing With Anxiety," 3 Apr. 2019 These plaques, which are caused by a combination of factors, including genetics and environmental stressors, can pop up anywhere. Isadora Baum, Allure, "Bryhali Lotion Is the Latest Psoriasis Drug Approved by the FDA," 8 Nov. 2018 In 2017, Faber was diagnosed with acute psychosis with a marked stressor, and left her city job. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Sen. Joe Fain’s accuser: ‘I’m done being silent’," 1 Oct. 2018 However, some people need distractions from stress instead of actively confronting the stressor, which is okay too. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How to Cope With Stress," 1 Nov. 2018 To a progressive reader, such mind-body data shows that chronic stressors such as inequality and prejudice are not just unfair but literally poisonous to the heart. Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Heart: A History’ Review: At the Bleeding Edge," 14 Sep. 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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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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