erethism

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Etymology[edit]

From French éréthisme, from Ancient Greek ἐρεθισμός (erethismós), from ἐρεθίζειν (erethízein, to irritate).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɛɹɪθɪzəm/

Noun[edit]

erethism (plural erethisms)

  1. (pathology) Abnormal excitement of a bodily organ or tissue.
  2. Any unusual or morbid overexcitement.
    • 1978, Robert Hurley, trans. Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality Volume I, Penguin 1978, p. 32:
      Since the eighteenth century, sex has not ceased to provoke a kind of generalized discursive erethism.

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