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anhedonia

[an-hee-doh-nee-uh] /ˌæn hiˈdoʊ ni ə/
noun, Psychology
1.
lack of pleasure or of the capacity to experience it.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Greek an- an-1 + hēdon() pleasure + -ia -ia
Related forms
anhedonic
[an-hee-don-ik] /ˌæn hiˈdɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Word Origin and History for anhedonia
n.

"inability to feel pleasure," 1897, from French anhédonie, coined 1896 by French psychologist Theodule Ribot (1839-1916) as an opposite to analgesia, from Greek an-, privative prefix (see an- (1)), + hedone "pleasure" (see hedonist).

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anhedonia in Medicine

anhedonia an·he·do·ni·a (ān'hē-dō'nē-ə)
n.
Absence of pleasure from the performance of acts that would normally be pleasurable.

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