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hyperesthesia

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

Definition of hyperesthesia in English:

noun

Medicine
Excessive physical sensitivity, especially of the skin.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

hyperesthetic

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Pronunciation: /-ˈTHetik/
adjective
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.

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