Definitions

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

  • noun A condition of bodily strength, vigor, or vitality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, strength; excessive force: opposed to asthenia or debility.

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  • noun strength, vigour or vitality

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from Greek sthenos, strength; see segh- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • He assumed that the interaction between the excitability with which the body was endowed and the stimuli, external and internal, which it encountered during life determined health and the contrasting conditions of asthenia and sthenia.

    HEALTH AND DISEASE

  • Diseases occur according to increase or dimunition of the stimuli causing increased excitability, (sthenia) and weak stimuli diminished excitability (asthenia).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

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