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erethism

[er-uh-thiz-uh m] /ˈɛr əˌθɪz əm/
noun, Physiology
1.
an unusual or excessive degree of irritability or stimulation in an organ or tissue.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French éréthisme < Greek erethismós irritation, equivalent to ereth(ízein) to irritate + -ismos -ism
Related forms
erethismic, erethistic
[er-uh-this-tik] /ˌɛr əˈθɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
erethitic
[er-uh-thit-ik] /ˌɛr əˈθɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
erethic
[uh-reth-ik, e-reth-] /əˈrɛθ ɪk, ɛˈrɛθ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
hypererethism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hypererethism

erethism

/ˈɛrɪˌθɪzəm/
noun
1.
(physiol) an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity in any part of the body
2.
(psychiatry)
  1. a personality disorder resulting from mercury poisoning
  2. an abnormal tendency to become aroused quickly, esp sexually, as the result of a verbal or psychic stimulus
Derived Forms
erethismic, erethistic, erethitic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos irritation, from erethizein to excite, irritate
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hypererethism in Medicine

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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