Unusual or pathological sensitivity of the skin to sensory stimuli, such as pain, heat, cold, or touch.
A condition involving unusual sensitivity to sound is called auditory hyperesthesia whereas increased sensitivity to touch is called tactile hyperesthesia.
Word origin: gr. Aisthesis = sensation
Also spelled as: hyperaesthesia.
Related form(s): hyperesthetic (adjective)
Also called: oxyesthesia.
See also: sense organs, sensory, sensitivity.