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or hyperaesthesia

[hahy-per-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pər əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/
noun, Pathology.
an abnormally acute sense of pain, heat, cold, or touch; algesia.
Compare hypesthesia.
Origin of hyperesthesia
First recorded in 1840-50; hyper- + esthesia
Related forms
[hahy-per-uh s-thet-ik] /ˌhaɪ pər əsˈθɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hyperesthesia
Historical Examples
  • hyperesthesia is difficult to detect in a nervous, irritable animal, and sometimes even in a horse of less sensitive temperament.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • If hyperesthesia is well marked local anodynes may be needed to relieve suffering.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • This condition persisted apparently for five years more, by the end of which time the anesthesia had turned into a hyperesthesia.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • hyperesthesia (or increased sensitiveness) is a starvation neurosis occurring especially in unrecognised scurvy.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • During the acute stage of inflammation there is to be detected local hyperthermia, some hyperesthesia and a little swelling.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix
  • There are likely to be spots of hyperesthesia or hypesthesia or even complete anesthesia somewhere on the skin.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for hyperesthesia


(pathol) the usual US spelling of hyperaesthesia
Derived Forms
hyperesthetic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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hyperesthesia in Medicine

hyperesthesia hy·per·es·the·sia or hy·per·aes·the·sia (hī'pər-ĭs-thē'zhə)
An abnormal or pathological increase in sensitivity to sensory stimuli, as of the skin to touch or the ear to sound. Also called oxyesthesia.

hy'per·es·thet'ic (-thět'ĭk) adj.
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