Definition of hyperesthesia in English:


Syllabification: hy·per·es·the·sia
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərəsˈTHēZHə
(British hyperaesthesia)


  • Excessive physical sensitivity, especially of the skin.
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    • Areas of hyperesthesia should be noted and a search made for herniae.
    • Pain and hyperesthesia induce reflex muscle spasms, which leads to voluntary guarding.
    • A few hours later the familiar scalp hyperaesthesia started.



Pronunciation: /-ˈTHetik/
More example sentences
  • Placement of the venous catheter may be difficult in a hyperesthetic and edematous limb.
  • The hyperesthetic nerve manifests itself first by pain, secondly by a reflex act on a motor apparatus.
  • Because the area was hyperesthetic and because he feared damaging his brain he was afraid to wash or even touch this skin.


mid 19th century: from hyper- 'above normal' + Greek aisthēsis 'sensation'.

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