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

  • adjective Relating to or marked by sthenia; strong, vigorous, or active.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

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

  • adjective (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.
  • adjective See Stimulism (a).

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  • adjective pathology, archaic Characterised by nervous energy.


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Modern Latin sthenicus, from Ancient Greek σθένος ("strength").



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  • Relating to or marked by sthenia; strong, vigorous, or active. (The American Heritage Dictionary)

    May 17, 2008

  • And at night, when Peggy was asleep, he and Tansy would argue, have a moonlight swim, talk some more over a pot of tea about Time, Life, Thomas Mann, Communism, the Partisan Review, the sthenic confusion of technological advance, the responsibilities of education, Peggy's future, Gurko's Angry Decade---

    - Malcolm Lowry, Present Estate of Pompeii

    July 13, 2008