Definition of neurasthenia in US English:



  • An ill-defined medical condition characterized by lassitude, fatigue, headache, and irritability, associated chiefly with emotional disturbance.

    • ‘Fatigue was neurasthenia's chief symptom, bringing a loss of concentration and efficiency.’
    • ‘In the 19th century, there was neurasthenia, today there's chronic fatigue syndrome.’
    • ‘In case after case, from somnambulism to neurasthenia to ‘Yuppie flu,’ we see how medical and cultural trends alternately reinforce and erode particular psychosomatic symptoms.’
    • ‘Whether it is a lung disease or neurasthenia, the symptoms and treatment methods are not uniform.’
    • ‘Review of the catalogue of Chinese herbal drugs showed that treatment of symptoms associated with neurasthenia was indicated in 10 patent drugs of Chinese herbs.’
    lethargy, inertia, listlessness, lack of energy, lifelessness, inactivity, inaction, slowness, languor, languidness, torpor, torpidity, dullness, heaviness, apathy, passivity, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness, enervation, somnolence, laziness, idleness, indolence, sloth, slothfulness
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