- an unusual or excessive degree of irritability or stimulation in an organ or tissue.
Origin of erethism
1790–1800; < French éréthisme < Greek erethismós irritation, equivalent to ereth(ízein) to irritate + -ismos -ism
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- physiol an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity in any part of the body
- a personality disorder resulting from mercury poisoning
- an abnormal tendency to become aroused quickly, esp sexually, as the result of a verbal or psychic stimulus
C18: from French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos irritation, from erethizein to excite, irritate
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- Abnormal irritability or sensitivity of an organ or body part to stimulation.
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