[noo r-uh s-thee-nee-uh, nyoo r-]
- Psychiatry. (not in technical use) nervous debility and exhaustion occurring in the absence of objective causes or lesions; nervous exhaustion.
Origin of neurasthenia
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Examples from the Web for neurasthenia
Our time is certainly not worse off on the score of neurasthenia than its predecessors.
It is a perfect paradise for anyone who has not got neurasthenia.
Hazlitt's attraction to Rachel in the face of her neurasthenia did not confuse him.
The neurasthenia of the defendants he pursued in courts annoyed him only slightly.
The politer word, to be used chivalrously, was "neurasthenia."
- an obsolete technical term for a neurosis characterized by extreme lassitude and inability to cope with any but the most trivial tasks
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Word Origin and History for neurasthenia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A complex of symptoms characterized by chronic fatigue and weakness, loss of memory, and generalized aches and pains.
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