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

  • n. An agent, condition, or other stimulus that causes stress to an organism.

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  • n. An environmental condition or influence that stresses (i.e. causes stress for) an organism.

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

  • n. any agent that causes stress to an organism


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  • "It's a long-term stressor, the damage is done even if it's capped," Dr. Johnson explained.

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  • The only accepted measure of the presence or absence of a stressor is the blood level of adrenal corticosteroids which becomes raised during stress which effects the peristaltic movement of the gut and the production of mucus within the gut.

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  • While you shouldn't deny yourself natural grieving moments, learning to direct your attention away from the stressor is a powerful coping mechanism. Top headlines

  • Long after the "stressor" is removed, the ACOA lives as if it is still present.

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  • An ice storm isn't the same kind of stressor that people encounter in everyday life, and the women in the ice-storm study don't necessarily represent all women.

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  • A majorly acute stressor which is his mom passing.

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  • So, that was pretty much expected that there would be some kind of stressor like that.

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  • Under the guidelines of the current review, soldiers who cannot prove that a specific incident, known as a "stressor," was sufficient to cause PTSD, their benefits will be revoked.

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  • The VA will still require proof of a specific "stressor" for these awarded claims that are being reviewed and that burden of proof falls to the veteran.


  • If the VA's review finds a veteran's claim does not include adequate proof of a "stressor" the veteran will be asked to provide more information.



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