neurasthenia

[noor-uhs-thee-nee-uh, nyoor-]
noun
Psychiatry. (not in technical use) nervous debility and exhaustion occurring in the absence of objective causes or lesions; nervous exhaustion.

Origin:
1855–60; neur- + asthenia

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neurasthenia (ˌnjʊərəsˈθiːnɪə)
 
n
an obsolete technical term for a neurosis characterized by extreme lassitude and inability to cope with any but the most trivial tasks
 
neurasthenic
 
adj
 
neuras'thenically
 
adv

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neurasthenia neu·ras·the·ni·a (nur'əs-thē'nē-ə, nyur'-)
n.
A complex of symptoms characterized by chronic fatigue and weakness, loss of memory, and generalized aches and pains.


neu'ras·then'ic (-thěn'ĭk) adj.
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