[noo r-uh s-thee-nee-uh, nyoo r-] /ˌnʊər əsˈθi ni ə, ˌnyʊər-/

Psychiatry. (not in technical use) nervous debility and exhaustion occurring in the absence of objective causes or lesions; nervous exhaustion.
an obsolete technical term for a neurosis characterized by extreme lassitude and inability to cope with any but the most trivial tasks

“nervous exhaustion,” 1854, medical Latin, from neur- (form of neuro- before a vowel) + asthenia “weakness” (see asthenia). Related: Neurasthenic.

neurasthenia neu·ras·the·ni·a (nur’əs-thē’nē-ə, nyur’-)
A complex of symptoms characterized by chronic fatigue and weakness, loss of memory, and generalized aches and pains.
neu’ras·then’ic (-thěn’ĭk) adj.


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