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[sahy-kuh s-thee-nee-uh] /ˌsaɪ kəsˈθi ni ə/
Psychiatry. (no longer in technical use) a neurosis marked by fear, anxiety, phobias, etc.
Origin of psychasthenia
1905-10; < New Latin; see psych-, asthenia
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[sahy-kuh s-then-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəsˈθɛn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I went to see a stomach specialist who looked me over and gravely informed me that I had psychasthenia anorexia.

    Confessions of a Neurasthenic William Taylor Marrs
  • He was confined two years, suffering from psychasthenia, with suicidal melancholia and delusion of persecution.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • I have stated that in medical practice two other types are described,—psychasthenia and hysteria.

    The Nervous Housewife Abraham Myerson
  • Then you can check your notes and decide if it's schizophrenia, or catatonia, or psychasthenia, or what not.

    A Thought For Tomorrow Robert E. Gilbert
psychasthenia in Medicine

psychasthenia psy·chas·the·ni·a (sī'kəs-thē'nē-ə)
A neurotic disorder marked by phobias, obsessions, compulsions, or excessive anxiety. No longer in technical use.

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