or hy·per·aes·the·sia

[ hahy-per-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ ˌhaɪ pər əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /

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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British Dictionary definitions for hyperesthesia


/ (ˌhaɪpəriːsˈθiːzɪə) /


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



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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