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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.
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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.
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.
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.
17) Joachim Radkau, 'The Neurasthenic Experience in Imperial Germany: Expeditions into Patients' Records and Side-looks upon General History', in Cultures of Neurasthenia: From Beard to the First World War, ed.
In Debussy's unfinished La Chute de la maison Usher, heard in a completion by Robert Orledge, pillars move in oppressively on Roderick Usher until he is trapped between them like a neurasthenic Samson and his sister Madeline returns from her premature burial as a looming larger-than-life projected spectre.
Joan Didion and Tom Wolfe--one a skeptical neurasthenic, the other a Southern dandy--wrote as outsiders about the Haight-Ashbury scene.
This equivalence he feels licenses his transposition of Agaat's South African setting to the wider context of Eliot's The Waste Land, allowing him to add to a description of Milla's chair the line from Eliot' the chair she sat in, like a burnished throne' because "the allusion creates a connection with the neurasthenic woman of Eliot's poem trapped within the artefacts of a highly civilized but decadent society".
Much of the absurdist renderings of psychosis--Neary's echoes of "Simulation of General Paralysis," Cooper's acathisia--and the multiple diagnoses represented at the Magdalen Mental Mercyseat, melancholics, paranoids, hebephrenics, hypomanics, schizophrenics, Korsakow's syndrome, and catatonics--threaten to slip into this hysterical supercategory in much the same way that the neurasthenic and the obsessional collapse into the hysterical in "Psychology Notes.
His ideal patients were overweight or neurasthenic women and overworked and dyspeptic men.
Landscape painters stereotypically privileged personal freedom and an exceptional ability to respond to intuition in their art; their perceived mental and physical health flew in the face of the neurasthenic responses to modernity that were occurring in urban centers such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London, and New York.
There is a meeting in the Park with Hugh Whitbread an old childhood friend, impeccably dressed, a petty court functionary with the latest tales of a neurasthenic, hypochondriacal wife.