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hysteria


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hysteria  \Hys*te"ri*a\,  n.  [NL.:  cf  F.  hyst['e]rie.  See 
  {Hysteric}.]  (Med.) 
  A  nervous  affection,  occurring  almost  exclusively  in  women, 
  in  which  the  emotional  and  reflex  excitability  is 
  exaggerated,  and  the  will  power  correspondingly  diminished, 
  so  that  the  patient  loses  control  over  the  emotions,  becomes 
  the  victim  of  imaginary  sensations,  and  often  falls  into 
  paroxism  or  fits. 
 
  Note:  The  chief  symptoms  are  convulsive,  tossing  movements  of 
  the  limbs  and  head,  uncontrollable  crying  and  laughing, 
  and  a  choking  sensation  as  if  a  ball  were  lodged  in  the 
  throat.  The  affection  presents  the  most  varied 
  symptoms,  often  simulating  those  of  the  gravest 
  diseases,  but  generally  curable  by  mental  treatment 
  alone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hysteria 
  n  1:  state  of  violent  mental  agitation  [syn:  {craze},  {delirium}, 
  {frenzy},  {fury}] 
  2:  excessive  or  uncontrollable  fear 
  3:  characterized  by  violent  emotional  outbreaks  and 
  disturbances  of  sensory  and  motor  functions  [syn:  {hysterical 
  neurosis}] 




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