or hy·per·aes·the·sia

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

  1. an abnormally acute sense of pain, heat, cold, or touch; algesia.

Origin of hyperesthesia

First recorded in 1840–50; hyper- + esthesia

Other words from hyperesthesia

  • hy·per·es·thet·ic [hahy-per-uhs-thet-ik], /ˌhaɪ pər əsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby hyperesthesia

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How to use hyperesthesia in a sentence

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

    Degeneracy | 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
  • There are likely to be spots of hyperesthesia or hypesthesia or even complete anesthesia somewhere on the skin.

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
  • I may here narrate a case which has been communicated to me of algolagnia in a woman, combined with sexual hyperesthesia.

  • In many cases there is marked hyperesthesia, or irritable weakness.

British Dictionary definitions for hyperesthesia


/ (ˌhaɪpəriːsˈθiːzɪə) /

  1. pathol the usual US spelling of hyperaesthesia

Derived forms of hyperesthesia

  • hyperesthetic, adjective

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