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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Abnormal irritability or sensitivity of an organ or a body part to stimulation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In physiology, excitement or stimulation of any organ or tissue, specifically of the organs of generation: as, the sexual erethism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A morbid degree of excitement or irritation in an organ.

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  • noun pathology Abnormal excitement of a bodily organ or tissue.
  • noun Any unusual or morbid overexcitement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity to stimulation of an organ or body part

Etymologies

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

[French éréthisme, from Greek erethisma, a provocation, from erethizein, to irritate.]

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From French éréthisme, from Ancient Greek ἐρεθισμός (erethismos), from ἐρεθίζειν (erethizein, "to irritate").

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