hyperpathia

noun
hy·​per·​path·​ia | \ -ˈpath-ē-ə How to pronounce hyperpathia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperpathia

1 : disagreeable or painful sensation in response to a normally innocuous stimulus (as touch)
2 : a condition in which the sensations of hyperpathia occur

Other Words from hyperpathia

hyperpathic \ -​ˈpath-​ik How to pronounce hyperpathic (audio) \ adjective

Learn More about hyperpathia

Cite this Entry

“Hyperpathia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/hyperpathia. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

Comments on hyperpathia

What made you want to look up hyperpathia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!