Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Anhedonia

The Thursday word "alexithymia" by prettygoodword reminded me of this tangentially related word--in that it's also an a-word that is used in psychology and psychiatry; so here you are:

an·he·do·nia noun \ˌan-(ˌ)hē-ˈdō-nē-ə, -nyə\

: a psychological condition characterized by inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable acts
an·he·don·ic adjective


New Latin, from 2a-, no + Greek hēdonē pleasure

First Known Use: 1897

Anhedonia is a typical symptom of major depression, and is also a symptom in some other psychiatric disorders.
Tags: a, greek, latin, medical, wordsmith: med_cat

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