from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The ability to feel or perceive sensations.

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  • n. The ability to perceive sensations.

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  • n. mental responsiveness and awareness


Back-formation from anesthesia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Do you think people actually 'want' to have an invasive, often under aesthesia surgery unless the doctor and the patient deem it necessary and in the best interest of the woman - it's rare for a reason.

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  • There are zones of marked hyper-aesthesia on his limbs.

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  • If his love-affairs stopped short of the gratification of the senses, they involved a perpetual fondling and caressing of those effeminate sensibilities of his into that condition of hyper-aesthesia which, though Sterne regarded it as the strength, was in reality the weakness, of his art.


  • n. - sense perception, aesthesia. aestival adj. - of summer. aestivation, n.



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