[ er-uh-thiz-uh m ]
/ ˈɛr əˌθɪz əm /
an unusual or excessive degree of irritability or stimulation in an organ or tissue.
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Origin of erethism
1790–1800; < French éréthisme < Greek erethismós irritation, equivalent to ereth(ízein) to irritate + -ismos -ism
OTHER WORDS FROM erethismer·e·this·mic, er·e·this·tic [er-uh-this-tik] /ˌɛr əˈθɪs tɪk/, er·e·thit·ic [er-uh-thit-ik] /ˌɛr əˈθɪt ɪk/, e·reth·ic [uh-reth-ik, e-reth-] /əˈrɛθ ɪk, ɛˈrɛθ-/, adjectivehy·per·er·e·thism, noun
Words nearby erethism
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British Dictionary definitions for erethic
/ (ˈɛrɪˌθɪzəm) /
physiol an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity in any part of the body
- a personality disorder resulting from mercury poisoning
- an abnormal tendency to become aroused quickly, esp sexually, as the result of a verbal or psychic stimulus
Derived forms of erethismerethismic, erethistic or erethitic, adjective
Word Origin for erethism
C18: from French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos irritation, from erethizein to excite, irritate
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Medical definitions for erethic
[ ĕr′ə-thĭz′əm ]
Abnormal irritability or sensitivity of an organ or body part to stimulation.
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