American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or marked by sthenia; strong, vigorous, or active.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Strong; robust; characterized by power of organization or energy of function, as a part or organ of an animal. See negasthenic, microsthenic.
- In pathology, attended with a morbid increase of vital (especially cardiac) action. Sthenic diseases are opposed to diseases of debility, or asthenic diseases.
- Exciting; inspiring: said of feeling.
- adj. pathology, archaic Characterised by nervous energy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Med.) Strong; active; -- said especially of morbid states attended with excessive action of the heart and blood vessels, and characterized by strength and activity of the muscular and nervous system.
- Modern Latin sthenicus, from Ancient Greek σθένος ("strength"). (Wiktionary)
“Even more widespread became the theories of a pupil of Cullen's, John Brown, who regarded excitability as the fundamental property of all living creatures: too much of this excitability produced what were known as sthenic maladies, too little, asthenic; on which principles practice was plain enough.”
“When the phenomena are marked it is termed sthenic; when less distinct, as the result of a broken-down and feeble constitution in the animal, it is called asthenic.”
“This state is called sthenic diathesis or disease.”
“The inflammatory state has been called the acute rheumatism, and the other, the chronic rheumatism; I would, however, prefer the terms sthenic and asthenic rheumatism.”
“This state, which is called sthenic diathesis, is often accompanied by a redness, swelling, pain, and increased heat of some particular part: these symptoms constitute what is usually termed an inflammation of the part.”
“The resultant outcome of them is in any case what Kant calls a "sthenic" affection, an excitement of the cheerful, expansive, "dynamogenic" order which, like any tonic, freshens our vital powers.”
“The quality of life is demonstrably better in a bunch of circumstances, and being fit and sthenic certainly offers options you don't have if you aren't.”
“He had observed that sthenic patients, when bled, died: the superstition and medical usage of the age prescribed bleeding, and when the fat abbots came to be bled, he bled them freely and with satisfaction.”
“The man's form shrank in places, stretched in other places, and when at last the metamorphosis was complete, the sthenic form that stood there was no longer any design of ape.”
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“_Treatment_ of the _violent_, or sthenic _Form_ of scarlatina anginosa 50 67.”
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