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neurasthenia

[noo r-uh s-thee-nee-uh, nyoo r-]
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noun
  1. Psychiatry. (not in technical use) nervous debility and exhaustion occurring in the absence of objective causes or lesions; nervous exhaustion.
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Origin of neurasthenia

First recorded in 1855–60; neur- + asthenia
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Examples from the Web for neurasthenia

Historical Examples

  • Our time is certainly not worse off on the score of neurasthenia than its predecessors.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • It is a perfect paradise for anyone who has not got neurasthenia.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • Hazlitt's attraction to Rachel in the face of her neurasthenia did not confuse him.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • The neurasthenia of the defendants he pursued in courts annoyed him only slightly.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • The politer word, to be used chivalrously, was "neurasthenia."

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht


British Dictionary definitions for neurasthenia

neurasthenia

noun
  1. an obsolete technical term for a neurosis characterized by extreme lassitude and inability to cope with any but the most trivial tasks
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Derived Formsneurasthenic (ˌnjʊərəsˈθɛnɪk), adjectiveneurasthenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for neurasthenia

n.

"nervous exhaustion," 1854, medical Latin, from neur- (form of neuro- before a vowel) + asthenia "weakness" (see asthenia). Related: Neurasthenic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

neurasthenia in Medicine

neurasthenia

(nur′əs-thēnē-ə)
n.
  1. A complex of symptoms characterized by chronic fatigue and weakness, loss of memory, and generalized aches and pains.
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Related formsneu′ras•thenic (-thĕnĭk) adj.
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