American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An abnormal or pathological increase in sensitivity to sensory stimuli, as of the skin to touch or the ear to sound.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See hyperæsthesia.
- n. Unusual or pathological sensitivity of the skin or of a particular sense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as hyperæsthesia.
“Where the sensibility of a part is increased the condition is known as hyperesthesia, and where it is lost -- that is, where there is no feeling or knowledge of pain -- the condition is known as anesthesia.”
“It’s called hyperesthesia, and one of my cats suffers from it.”
“ It is, he says, a kind of hyperesthesia in the use of language.”
“It is true that under the conditions we are considering there may be an extreme sensitiveness to stimuli not usually felt as of sexual character, a kind of hyperesthesia; but hyperesthesia, it has well been said, is nothing but the beginning of anesthesia. [”
“This is obviously a cat having an episode of feline hyperesthesia.”
“Skin allergies can be one cause of hyperesthesia, a condition in which the nerves of the back appear overstimulated.”
“Cats afflicted with hyperesthesia and intense skin allergies may exhibit symptoms elicited by even the softest touch, including strange skin ripples or seizurelike episodes of frantic racing, panic, or biting at the air.”
“By exerting tension on the flexor tendon, by means of passive dorsal flexion of the member, evidence of hyperesthesia may be detected.”
“Upon manipulation of the patellar region, one is impressed with the fact that hyperesthesia does not exist in proportion to the pain manifested during locomotion.”
“The character of the swelling varies; in some cases it is not large but rather dense and lacking in evidence of heat and hyperesthesia; in other cases there is considerable swelling, which is hot and doughy, somewhat painful to the touch but not necessarily productive of much lameness.”
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