[dis-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. any impairment of the senses, especially of the sense of touch.
  2. a condition in which light physical contact of the skin causes pain.

Origin of dysesthesia

< New Latin < Greek dysaisthēsía. See dys-, esthesia
Related formsdys·es·thet·ic [dis-is-thet-ik] /ˌdɪs ɪsˈθɛt ɪk/, dys·aes·thet·ic, adjective
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dysaesthetic in Medicine


  1. Impairment of sensation, especially that of touch.
  2. A condition in which an unpleasant sensation is produced by ordinary stimuli.
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