erethism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n erethism an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity to stimulation of an organ or body part
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than 100 years ago, the felt hat makers of England used mercury to stabilize wool. Most of them eventually became poisoned by the fumes, as demonstrated by the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Breathing mercury's fumes over a long period of time will cause erethism, a disorder characterized by nervousness, irritability, and strange personality changes.
    • n Erethism (Med) A morbid degree of excitement or irritation in an organ.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n erethism In physiology, excitement or stimulation of any organ or tissue, specifically of the organs of generation: as, the sexual erethism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Erethism er′e-thizm excitement or stimulation of any organ
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. irritation, fr. to stir, rouse, fr. to stir: cf. F. éréthisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

These day-dreams were the only way in which the sexual erethism was discharged.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
He was not really tormented except by a cerebral erethism.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
TREATMENT OF THE MILD OR ERETHIC FORM OF SCARLATINA ANGINOSA.
"Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms" by Charles Munde
Normally, there appears to be no erethism of the sexual organs during the process of love-making.
"A Preliminary Study of the Emotion of Love between the Sexes" by Sanford Bell
All it is at first is a rude satisfaction of the erethism.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
They lose control over their vasomotor system to some extent as a result of this systemic erethism.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
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