One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or having a high or excessive level of strength and energy.
- ‘It has relieved tonic, and clonic spasms, and the spasms of sthenic as well as asthenic conditions.’
- ‘At the onset of tonsillitis the conditions are usually sthenic and indications prominent for veratrum.’
- ‘They bled in all sthenic disease for ‘spasms of the extreme arteries, for congestion,’ etc.’
- ‘These instincts whether positive or negative in kind work in one of two opposite ways, sthenic or asthenic.’
- ‘Whether the fever is sthenic or asthenic at the period of its announcement, as the disease progresses the signs of depression become marked, and the patient rapidly sinks into a typhoid condition.’
Late 18th century: from Greek sthenos ‘strength’, on the pattern of asthenic.
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