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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.
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(Psychiatry) an obsolete technical term for a neurosis characterized by extreme lassitude and inability to cope with any but the most trivial tasks
neurasthenic adj, n
neurastheniac n
ˌneurasˈthenically adv
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(ˌnʊər əsˈθi ni ə, ˌnyʊər-)

1. a pattern of symptoms including chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, and persistent aches, often linked with depression.
2. prostration due to extreme emotional distress or dejection.
neur`as•then′ic (-ˈθɛn ɪk) adj., n.
neur`as•then′i•cal•ly, adv.
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- A disorder characterized by loss of energy, lack of motivation, and feelings of inadequacy, along with vague physical symptoms such as headache or muscle pain.
See also related terms for headache.
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1. Medicine. a nervous debility and exhaustion, as from overwork or prolonged nervous strain.
2. popularly, a nervous breakdown, — neurasthenie, adj.
See also: Nerves
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Noun1.neurasthenia - nervous breakdown (not in technical use)
nervous breakdown - a severe or incapacitating emotional disorder
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[ˌnjʊərəsˈθiːnɪə] Nneurastenia f
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n. neurastenia, término asociado con un estado general de irritabilidad y agotamiento nervioso;
angiopathic ______ angiopática;
gravis ______ grave;
praecox ______ precoz;
primary ______ primaria;
pulsating ______ pulsativa.
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And for fear that the idea may still lurk in some minds that my preceding years of drinking were the cause of my disabilities, I here point out that my Japanese cabin boy, Nakata, still with me, was rotten with fever, as was Charmian, who in addition was in the slough of a tropical neurasthenia that required several years of temperate climates to cure, and that neither she nor Nakata drank or ever had drunk.
The cub reporter was an artist, and it was a large brush with which he laid on the local color - wild-eyed long-haired men, neurasthenia and degenerate types of men, voices shaken with passion, clenched fists raised on high, and all projected against a background of oaths, yells, and the throaty rumbling of angry men.
"I diagnosed him having neurasthenia (a condition marked by nervous exhaustion).
She recalls his neurasthenia, his overactive, wandering mind, the tensions between them, and how she lamentably could never make him accept reality.
The tropics were regularly represented as being conducive to nervous breakdowns, as Warwick Anderson points out, with its alien and depleting climate that challenged even the most 'civilised' white men and produced what was known as tropical neurasthenia. (28) According to Anderson, 'the nervousness of American men in the tropics, (whether "tropical neurasthenia", or "Philippinitis" or "brain-fag"), was not formally recognized until about 1902 or 1903', so that its course travelled parallel with the state of the civil government in the Philippines, 'reaching epidemic proportions when expatriate colonial bureaucracy was most extensive, and declining with the eventual "Filipinisation" of the service'.
But they inhabit a society that often recognizes only arguments about pleasure versus harm, and that at some level has internalized the logic of Mustapha Mond, one of the Controllers of Huxley's world civilization: "Chastity means passion, chastity means neurasthenia. And passion and neurasthenia mean instability.
He returned to England in 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, and was quartered on HMS Victory in Portsmouth, but invalided out with neurasthenia, a nervous condition similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Over time, central nervous system penetration occurs with neurologic dysfunction; "this was the dominant feature of this patient's presentation, with debilitating leg pain, anorexia, constipation, neurasthenia, and hypertension.
Despite constant bouts of ill health (officially attributed to neurasthenia, which Glazer calls 'a privilege of wealth', but also caused by incurable syphilis), Freer spent years on the road.
Soon afterwards, Owen was diagnosed as suffering from neurasthenia or shell shock and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh.
Touched by serious nervous diseases (insomnia, neurasthenia), mostly due to physical exhaustion caused by years of overwork, his physical and mental illness suddenly got worse during his 50s.