[ sahy-kuh s-thee-nee-uh ]
/ ˌsaɪ kəsˈθi ni ə /


Psychiatry. (no longer in technical use) a neurosis marked by fear, anxiety, phobias, etc.

Origin of psychasthenia

From New Latin, dating back to 1905–10; see origin at psych-, asthenia

Related forms

psy·chas·then·ic [sahy-kuh s-then-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəsˈθɛn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for psychasthenia

  • I went to see a stomach specialist who looked me over and gravely informed me that I had psychasthenia anorexia.

    Confessions of a Neurasthenic|William Taylor Marrs
  • He was confined two years, suffering from psychasthenia, with suicidal melancholia and delusion of persecution.

    Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • I have stated that in medical practice two other types are described,—psychasthenia and hysteria.

    The Nervous Housewife|Abraham Myerson
  • Then you can check your notes and decide if it's schizophrenia, or catatonia, or psychasthenia, or what not.

    A Thought For Tomorrow|Robert E. Gilbert