The term hyperaesthesia comes from the Greek words huper (to exceed a certain boundary) and aisthanesthai (to notice, to perceive). It translates loosely as 'an exaggerated type of perception'. The term is used to denote a group of conditions characterized by an increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli in any of the sensory modalities. Some examples of hyperaesthe-sia are "hyperacusis, hyperaesthesia ofthe retina, " hyperalgesia, " hypergeusia, " hyperosmia, and " hyperpathia. The term hyperaesthesia is used in opposition to hypoaesthesia.
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  • Hyperaesthesia — Hy per*[ae]s*the si*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ype r over + ? sense, perception.] (Med. & Physiol.) A state of exalted or morbidly increased sensibility of the body, or of a part of it. {Hy per*[ae]s*thet ic}, a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hyperaesthesia — variant of hyperesthesia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hyperaesthesia — /huy peuhr euhs thee zheuh, zhee euh, zee euh/, n. Pathol. hyperesthesia. * * * …   Universalium

  • hyperaesthesia — n. excessive sensibility, especially of the skin …   Medical dictionary

  • hyperaesthesia — n. abnormal sensitivity (to pain, heat, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hyperaesthesia — [ˌhʌɪpəri:s θi:zɪə, ɛs θi: ] (US hyperesthesia) noun Medicine excessive physical sensitivity. Derivatives hyperaesthetic adjective Origin C19: from hyper + Gk aisthēsis sensation …   English new terms dictionary

  • hyperaesthesia — n. excessive sensibility, especially of the skin …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • hyperaesthesia — hy•per•aes•the•sia [[t]ˌhaɪ pər əsˈθi ʒə, ʒi ə, zi ə[/t]] n. pat hyperesthesia …   From formal English to slang

  • hyperaesthesia — /haɪpərəsˈθiziə/ (say huypuhruhs theezeeuh), /ˈθiʒə/ (say theezhuh) noun a straining or intensification of the normal senses. Also, Chiefly US, hyperesthesia. –hyperaesthetic /haɪpərəsˈθɛtɪk/ (say huypuhruhs thetik), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • hyperaesthesia —   n. excessive sensitivity.    ♦ hyperaesthetic, a …   Dictionary of difficult words