An ill-defined condition, commonly accompanying or following depression, characterized by vague fatigue believed to be brought on by psychological factors. [neur- + G. astheneia, weakness]
- angiopathic n., angioparalytic n. an obsolete term for a form of mild n. in which the chief complaint is of a universal throbbing or sense of pulsation throughout the body.
- gastric n. a condition marked by vague epigastric atony and distention, and mild neurasthenic symptoms.
- n. gravis obsolete term for a condition of extreme and lasting n..
- n. praecox obsolete term for a form of nervous exhaustion appearing in the adolescent period.
- primary n. obsolete term for n. praecox.
- pulsating n. obsolete term for angiopathic n..
- sexual n. obsolete term for a form in which sexual erethism, weakness, or perversion is a marked symptom.

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neur·as·the·nia .n(y)u̇r-əs-'thē-nē-ə n a condition that is characterized esp. by physical and mental exhaustion usu. with accompanying symptoms (as headaches, insomnia, and irritability), is believed to result from psychological factors (as depression or emotional stress or conflict), and is sometimes considered similar to or identical with chronic fatigue syndrome

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a set of psychological and physical symptoms, including fatigue, irritability, headache, dizziness, anxiety, and intolerance of noise. It can be caused by organic damage, such as a head injury, or it can be due to neurosis.
neurasthenic adj. n.

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neu·ras·the·nia (noor″əs-theґne-ə) [neur- + asthenia] a syndrome of chronic mental and physical weakness and fatigue, thought to be caused by exhaustion of the nervous system; no longer used in Western diagnosis but still used in traditional Chinese medicine.

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