acmesthesia

or ac·maes·the·sia

[ ak-muhs-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ ˌæk məsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /

noun Psychology.

awareness of sharp points through the sense of touch without experiencing pain.

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Origin of acmesthesia

<Greek akm() acme + esthesia
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Medical definitions for acmesthesia

acmesthesia
[ ăk′mĕs-thēzhə ]

n.

Sensitivity to pinprick.
A sensation of a sharp point on the skin.
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