One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive physical sensitivity, especially of the skin.
- ‘Pain and hyperesthesia induce reflex muscle spasms, which leads to voluntary guarding.’
- ‘They were exquisitely tender and there was adjacent hyperaesthesia.’
- ‘Areas of hyperesthesia should be noted and a search made for herniae.’
- ‘A few hours later the familiar scalp hyperaesthesia started.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from hyper- ‘above normal’ + Greek aisthēsis ‘sensation’.
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