[hahy-per-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]


or hy·per·aes·the·sia

[hahy-per-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormally acute sense of pain, heat, cold, or touch; algesia.
Compare hypesthesia.

Origin of hyperesthesia

First recorded in 1840–50; hyper- + esthesia
Related formshy·per·es·thet·ic [hahy-per-uh s-thet-ik] /ˌhaɪ pər əsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hyperaesthesia

Historical Examples of hyperaesthesia

  • It may be accounted a form of hyperaesthesia and no doubt has a nervous expression, but it is not the less psychic in its origin.

    Second Sight


  • The reaction from the battle-field produced a condition of hyperaesthesia in which all the theatrical values were altered.

    Heartbreak House

    George Bernard Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for hyperaesthesia


US hyperesthesia

  1. pathol increased sensitivity of any of the sense organs, esp of the skin to cold, heat, pain, etc
Derived Formshyperaesthetic or US hyperesthetic (ˌhaɪpəriːsˈθɛtɪk), adjective


  1. pathol the usual US spelling of hyperaesthesia
Derived Formshyperesthetic, adjective
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hyperaesthesia in Medicine


  1. Variant ofhyperesthesia


  1. An abnormal or pathological increase in sensitivity to sensory stimuli, as of the skin to touch or the ear to sound.oxyesthesia
Related formshy′per•es•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.
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