or hy·per·aes·the·sia

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

noun Pathology.

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 hyperesthesia

Historical Examples of hyperesthesia

  • Hyperesthesia is difficult to detect in a nervous, irritable animal, and sometimes even in a horse of less sensitive temperament.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • If hyperesthesia is well marked local anodynes may be needed to relieve suffering.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • This condition persisted apparently for five years more, by the end of which time the anesthesia had turned into a hyperesthesia.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Hyperesthesia (or increased sensitiveness) is a starvation neurosis occurring especially in unrecognised scurvy.


    Eugene S. Talbot

  • During the acute stage of inflammation there is to be detected local hyperthermia, some hyperesthesia and a little swelling.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

British Dictionary definitions for hyperesthesia



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



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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