PRONUNCIATION: (hy-puhr-kuh-THEK-sis)

MEANING: noun: Excessive concentration of mental energy on something.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek hyper- (over, above) + cathexis, from Greek kathexis (holding), from katekhein (to hold fast), from kata- (intensive prefix) + ekhein (to hold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root segh- (to hold), which is also the source of words such as hectic, scheme, scholar, cathect, and asseverate. Earliest documented use: 1923.

HYPER-CAT EX IS - I used to be married to the Catwoman

HYPEROATHEXIS - swearing all the time (Tourette's Syndrome)

HYPERCASHEXIS - too much money for yer own damn good