neurasthenia

[ noo r-uh s-thee-nee-uh, nyoo r- ]
/ ˌnʊər əsˈθi ni ə, ˌnyʊər- /

noun

Psychiatry. (not in technical use) nervous debility and exhaustion occurring in the absence of objective causes or lesions; nervous exhaustion.

Nearby words

  1. neuraminic acid,
  2. neuraminidase,
  3. neuranagenesis,
  4. neurapophysis,
  5. neurapraxia,
  6. neurasthenic,
  7. neuration,
  8. neuraxis,
  9. neuraxon,
  10. neurectasis

Origin of neurasthenia

First recorded in 1855–60; neur- + asthenia

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British Dictionary definitions for neurasthenia

neurasthenia

/ (ˌnjʊərəsˈθiːnɪə) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for neurasthenia

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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Medicine definitions for neurasthenia

neurasthenia

[ nur′əs-thēnē-ə ]

n.

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


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