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Meaning of HYSTERIA

Pronunciation:  hi'steereeu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  excessive or uncontrollable fear
  2. [n]  state of violent mental agitation
  3. [n]  neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions

HYSTERIA is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: craze, delirium, frenzy, fury, hysterical neurosis
 See Also: anxiety hysteria, fear, fearfulness, fright, hysterocatalepsy, mania, manic disorder, mimesis, neurosis, neuroticism, nympholepsy, psychoneurosis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

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