Origin of dysthymia

1840–50; < New Latin < Greek dysthymía; see dys-, -thymia
Related formsdys·thy·mic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dysthymia


noun psychiatry
  1. the characteristics of the neurotic and introverted, including anxiety, depression, and compulsive behaviour
  2. obsolete a relatively mild depression
Derived Formsdysthymic, adjective

Word Origin for dysthymia

C19: New Latin, from Greek dusthumia, from dys- + thumos mind
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dysthymia in Medicine


  1. A mood disorder characterized by despondency or mild depression.
Related formsdys•thymic adj.
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dysthymia in Science


  1. A mood disorder characterized by chronic mild depression.
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