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Monday, August 05, 2013

hyperhidrosis

\hahy-per-hi-DROH-sis\ , noun;
1.
abnormally excessive sweating.
Quotes:
“I have hyperhidrosis,” Tinkle said. “What's hyperhidrosis?” I asked. “I sweat too much.” “Were you actually diagnosed by a doctor?” “Yes.” “How do you get hyperhidrosis?” “Genetics. And stress. Stress sets up the genetics.”
-- Jonathan Ames, Wake Up, Sir!, 2004
Outside the Riviera, where the air is hot enough to give me hyperhidrosis, everyone gives the driver a two or three dollar tip.
-- William T. Vollmann, Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs, 1991
Origin:
Hyperhidrosis comes directly from the Greek meaning "excessive sweating." It entered English in the late 1800s.
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