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dysaesthesia Line breaks: dys|aes¦the¦sia
Pronunciation: /dɪsɪsˈθiːzɪə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(US dysesthesia)

Definition of dysaesthesia in English:

noun (plural dysaesthesiae dɪsɪsˈθiːzɪiː or dysaesthesias)

An abnormal unpleasant sensation felt when touched, caused by damage to peripheral nerves.
Example sentences
  • Painful dysesthesia may be managed by tricyclic antidepressant and anticonvulsant medications.
  • Patients often complain of subjective swelling of hands and feet, as well as paresthesia and dysesthesia of hands and feet.
  • Approximately 7 to 15 percent of patients have permanent neurologic sequelae including bilateral footdrop, intrinsic hand muscle wasting, sensory ataxia, and dysesthesia.


Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek dusaisthēsia, from dys- 'bad' + aisthēsis 'sensation' + -ia1.

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