stressor

[stres-er, -awr]

noun

an activity, event, or other stimulus that causes stress.

Origin of stressor

First recorded in 1950–55; stress + -or2
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stressor

noun

an event, experience, etc, that causes stress
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Word Origin and History for stressor
n.

1950, agent noun in Latin form from stress (v.).

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