Definition of hyperaesthesia in English:

hyperaesthesia

(US hyperesthesia)

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] Excessive physical sensitivity, especially of the skin.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were exquisitely tender and there was adjacent hyperaesthesia.’
    • ‘She has an area of hyperesthesia, which has made it difficult for her to tolerate any direct pressure to the region, be it clothing, chairs, etc.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from hyper- ‘above normal’ + Greek aisthēsis sensation.

Pronunciation:

hyperaesthesia

/ˌhʌɪpəriːsˈθiːzɪə/