from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Abnormal irritability or sensitivity of an organ or a body part to stimulation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Abnormal excitement of a bodily organ or tissue.
- n. Any unusual or morbid overexcitement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A morbid degree of excitement or irritation in an organ.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In physiology, excitement or stimulation of any organ or tissue, specifically of the organs of generation: as, the sexual erethism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity to stimulation of an organ or body part
French éréthisme, from Greek erethisma, a provocation, from erethizein, to irritate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French éréthisme, from Ancient Greek ἐρεθισμός (erethismos), from ἐρεθίζειν (erethizein, "to irritate"). (Wiktionary)