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erethism

  

      n  
1      (Physiol)   an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity in any part of the body  
2      (Psychiatry)  
a    a personality disorder resulting from mercury poisoning  
b    an abnormal tendency to become aroused quickly, esp. sexually, as the result of a verbal or psychic stimulus  
     (C18: from French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos irritation, from erethizein to excite, irritate)  
  erethismic, erethistic, erethitic      adj  
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