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 (no͝or′əs-thē′nē-ə, nyo͝or′-)
A group of symptoms, including chronic physical and mental fatigue, weakness, and generalized aches and pains, formerly thought to result from exhaustion of the nervous system and now usually considered a psychological disorder. The term is no longer in clinical use in many parts of the world.

neu′ras·then′ic (-thĕn′ĭk) adj. & n.
neu′ras·then′i·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.neurasthenic - a person suffering a nervous breakdown
diseased person, sick person, sufferer - a person suffering from an illness
Adj.1.neurasthenic - of or relating to or suffering from neurasthenia; "neurasthenic tendencies"


[ˌnjʊərəsˈθenɪk] ADJneurasténico


nNeurastheniker(in) m(f)


a. neurasténico-a, rel. a o con síntomas de neurastenia.
References in classic literature ?
She was living in the country town where he had had his last appointment, and there she was supporting the family: her daughter, her ailing neurasthenic son-in-law, and her five grandchildren.
Discouraged by lack of appreciation, always abnormally high-strung and neurasthenic, he gradually lapsed into insanity, and died at the age of thirty-seven.
Neurasthenic symptoms in workers occupationally exposed to jet fuel.
Induction of neurasthenic musculoskeletal pain syndrome by selective sleep stage deprivation.
inured to ease and culture and sophistication, mentally developed but physically retrograde, loving their poetry and their comforts, sleek undergrown men and slim neurasthenic women, fed on birds'-nest soup and lotus seeds, shrewd in business, gifted in belles-lettres, and cowardly in war.
The wife hears eerie sounds and sees will-o'-the-wisps at night in what is taken as a neurasthenic spell by the husband, until an old architect friend visits them and gradually recognizes the building as the one where he had been tortured by Eichmann's henchmen.
Woodruffs popularity was certainly a sign that neurasthenic explanations of disease were still prevalent at the beginning of the twentieth century--well after the discovery of the role of pathogenic microorganisms in disease.
Their topics include Robinson Jeffers and the contemplation of consciousness, the neurasthenic logic of his anti-urbanism, the drama of presence in his lyric voice, an ecofeminist reading of "Roan Stallion," inhabitation as performative myth in Thoreau and Jeffers, his 1907 hike in the San Bernardino Mountains, and the warm reception of his poetry in Cold War Czechoslovakia.
Without losing its literary quality, the adolescent's personal biography seems to be a fragment of the medical record of a neurasthenic and the insertion of this character into the novel's texture seems to be, in the author's intention, a demonstrative, "experimental situation.
Swann, the pseudonym alluding to the couturier's beloved fellow aesthete and neurasthenic, Proust.
Besides, it is traditionally reported to possess anticonvulsant, antidepressant, astringent, cardiotonic (tones, balances, and strengthens the heart), disinfectant, nervine (balances/calms nerves), neurasthenic (reduces nerve pain), tranquilizer, and vermifuge (expels worms) activities.
Not in the mind of neurasthenic lazybones but in the cell nucleus: patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have increased production of nuclear factor kappa beta.