noun Etymology: French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos irritation, from erethizein to irritate; akin to Greek ornynai to rouse — more at orient Date: 1800 abnormal irritability or responsiveness to stimulation

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  • Erethism — Er e*thism, n. [Gr. ? irritation, fr. ? to stir, rouse, fr. ? to stir: cf. F. [ e]r[ e]thisme.] (Med.) A morbid degree of excitement or irritation in an organ. Hoblyn. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • erethism — [er′ə thiz΄əm] n. [Fr éréthisme < Gr erethismos, irritation < erethizein, to irritate < IE base * er > RISE, RUN] Rare Physiol. an abnormal extreme irritability or sensitivity of an organ, tissue, etc …   English World dictionary

  • erethism — noun /ˈɛɹɪθɪzəm/ a) Abnormal excitement of a bodily organ or tissue. Since the eighteenth century, sex has not ceased to provoke a kind of generalized discursive erethism. b) Any unusual or morbid over excitement. See Also: erethic …   Wiktionary

  • erethism — erethismic, erethistic /er euh this tik/, erethitic /er euh thit ik/, erethic /euh reth ik, e reth /, adj. /er euh thiz euhm/, n. Physiol. an unusual or excessive degree of irritability or stimulation in an organ or tissue. [1790 1800; < F… …   Universalium

  • erethism — er·e·thism er ə .thiz əm n abnormal irritability or responsiveness to stimulation ereth·ic ə reth ik, er eth adj * * * n. 1. a state of abnormal mental excitement or irritability. 2. rapid response to a stimulus. * * * ere·thism (erґə… …   Medical dictionary

  • erethism — n. abnormal sensitivity to sensory stimulation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • erethism — [ ɛrɪθɪz(ə)m] noun 1》 excessive sensitivity to stimulation of a part of the body, especially the sexual organs. 2》 a state of abnormal mental excitement or irritation. Origin C19: from Fr. éréthisme, from Gk erethismos, from erethizein irritate …   English new terms dictionary

  • erethism — er·e·thism …   English syllables

  • erethism — n. 1) a state of abnormal mental excitement or irritability. 2) rapid response to a stimulus …   The new mediacal dictionary

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