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Pronunciation: dis'es-the'ze-a


  1. Impairment of sensation short of anesthesia.
  2. A condition in which a disagreeable sensation is produced by ordinary stimuli; caused by lesions of the sensory pathways, peripheral or central.
  3. Abnormal sensations experienced in the absence of stimulation.

[G. dysaisthesia, fr. dys-, hard, difficult, + aisthesis, sensation]

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