erethistic

erethism

[er-uh-thiz-uhm]
noun Physiology.
an unusual or excessive degree of irritability or stimulation in an organ or tissue.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French éréthisme < Greek erethismós irritation, equivalent to ereth(ízein) to irritate + -ismos -ism

erethismic, erethistic [er-uh-this-tik] , erethitic [er-uh-thit-ik] , erethic [uh-reth-ik, e-reth-] , adjective
hypererethism, noun
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erethism (ˈɛrɪˌθɪzəm)
 
n
1.  physiol an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity in any part of the body
2.  psychiatry
 a.  a personality disorder resulting from mercury poisoning
 b.  an abnormal tendency to become aroused quickly, esp sexually, as the result of a verbal or psychic stimulus
 
[C18: from French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos irritation, from erethizein to excite, irritate]
 
ere'thismic
 
adj
 
ere'thistic
 
adj
 
ere'thitic
 
adj

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erethism er·e·thism (ěr'ə-thĭz'əm)
n.
Abnormal irritability or sensitivity of an organ or a body part to stimulation.

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