• (America) IPA: /hɨˈstɛɹijə/, /hɨˈstɪɹijə/

hysteria (uncountable)

  1. Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic.
  2. (medicine) A mental disorder characterized by emotional excitability etc. without an organic cause.
  3. (informal, pathology) Synonym of conversion disorder#English|conversion disorder
  4. (obsolete, pathology, until early 20th century) Any disorder of women with some psychiatric symptoms without other diagnosis, ascribed to uterine influences on the female body, lack of pregnancy, or lack of sex.
  • (mental disorder) female hysteria
  • (obsolete female disorder) uterine melancholy
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