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Definitions of hysteria

  1. state of violent mental agitation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. excessive or uncontrollable fear Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Historical term for a chronic, but fluctuating, disorder beginning in early life and characterized by recurrent and multiple somatic complaints not apparently due to physical illness. This diagnosis is not used in contemporary practice. Medical Dictionary DB
  6. A nervous affection of women, characterized by choking sensations, spasms of laughter or weeping, and frequently by the imitating of other diseases. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. A chronic neurosis, or psychoneurosis, characterized by disorders of the will, perversion of the inhibitory powders of consciousness, and partial cessation or exaltation of the individual functions of the brain. It is marked by symptoms of the most varied character, from simple nervous instability and attacks of emotional excitement, with causeless crying or laughing, to convulsions, muscular contractures, vasomotor, trophic, and psychic disorders. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  8. Nervous affections common to females. See Hysterics. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  9. Disease marked by nervous excitement or convulsion. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A nervous affection cecurring typically in paroxysms of laughing and crying alternately. hysterics. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A nervous disorder occurring in paroxysms and simulating other diseases. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A nervous disease or affection peculiar to women. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. A paroxysmal disease or disorder of the nervous system, more commonin females than males, not originating in any anatomical lesion, due to psychic ratherthan physical causes, and attended, in the acute or convulsive form, by extraordinarymanifestations of secondary effects of extreme nervousness.Hysteria is a state in which ideas control the body and produce morbid changes inits functions. Mtebius. A special psychic state, characterized by symptoms which canalso be produced or reproduced by suggestion, and which can be treated bypsychotherapy or persuasion, hysteric and hypnotic states being practically equivalentto each other. Babinski. A purely psychic or mental disorder due to hereditarypredisposition. Charcot. A state resulting from a psychic lesion or nervous shock,leading to repression or aberration of the sexual instinct. Freud. Hysteria is much morecommon in women than in men, and was formerly thought to be due to some disorderof the uterus or sexual system; but it is now known that it may occur in men, inchildren, and in very aged persons of either sex.In the convulsive form of hysteria, commonly called "hysterics" or "a fit of hysterics,"there is nervestorm characterized by loss or abandonment of self-control in theexpression of the emotions, particularly grief, by paroxysms of tears or laughter or bothtogether, sensations of constriction as of a ball rising in the throat (globus hystericus),convulsive movements in the chest, pelvis, and abdomen, sometimes leading to a fallwith apparent unconsciousness, followed by a relapse into semi- unconsciousness orcatalepsy. In the non-convulsive forms, all kinds of organic paralyses may be simulated,as well as muscular contractions and spasms, tremor, loss of sensation (a>ir wstlwsia)or exaggerated sensation (hyperesthesia). disturbances of respiration, disordered appetite,accelerated pulse, hemorrhages in the skin (stigmata), pain, swelling, or evendislocation of the joints, and great amenability to suggestion. thelawdictionary.org
  14. A species of neurosis, classed amongst the spasmi by Sauvages and Cullen, and in the Nevroses de la generation, by Pinel. It received the name of hysteria, because it was reputed to have its seat in the uterus. It generally occurs in paroxysms; the principal characters of which consist in alternate fits of laughing and crying, with a sensation as if a ball set out from the uterus and ascended towards the stomach, chest, and neck, producing a sense of strangulation. If the attack be violent, there is, sometimes, loss of consciousness (although the presence of consciousness generally distinguishes it from epilepsy) and convulsions. The duration of the attacks is very variable. It appears to be dependent upon irregularity of nervous distribution in very impressible persons, and is not confined to the female; for well-marked cases of hysteria are occasionally met with in men. During the fit, - dashing cold water on the face, stimulants applied to the nose, or exhibited internally, and antispasmodics, form the therapeutical agents. Exercise, tranquillity of mind, amusing and agreeable occupations constitute the prophylactics. See Mania, dancing. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  15. A disease in which there is a primary functional derangement of the higher cerebral centres and a secondary derangement of the lower nervous centres, producing depression of the will-power on the one hand and excessive susceptibility to external impressions and subjective sensations on the other, and hence characterized by lack of control over the actions and emotions, conspicuous self-consciousness, a morbid craving for sympathy, and a tendency to exaggerate, consciously or unconsciously, the effect of sensory impression and to imagine or simulate the most various symptoms which have no foundation in organic conditions of the body. Symptoms: pain and tenderness, especially over the ovaries, spine, and vertex (clavus hystericus), hyperaesthesia, both cutaneous and of the special senses, paraesthesiae of various kinds, anaesthesiae, amblyopia, attacks of suffocation or choking (globus hystericus), paralysis, especially of the adductors of the vocal cords (hysterical aphonia), but also occurring as paraplegia and hemiplegia, tonic spasms (contracture) of various muscles, including those of the lower jaw (hysterical trismus), clonic spasms, true convulsions, gastro-intestinal symptoms (anorexia, vomiting, flatulence, constipation) retention and even suppression of urine, cardiac palpitation, vaso-motor disturbances (flushing and pallor of surface), syncope, fever, cataleptic or lethargic states, mental disorder, hallucinations. H. minor, hysteria associated with mild convulsive symptoms, but without loss of consciousness. H. major, hystero-epilepsy. na
  16. Functional disturbance of nervous system (esp. of women), characterized by anaesthesia, convulsions, &c., & usu. attended with disturbance of moral& intellectual faculties (formerly thought to be due to disturbance of womb); morbid excitement. [medieval Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. Disease, mainly of women, characterized by lack of control over emotions and acts. American pocket medical dictionary.
  18. An affection of the nervous system long supposed to proceed from some disturbance of the uterus (hence the name). It is a psychoneurosis in which psychical symbols are converted into physical symptoms. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  19. [Gr.] (Med.) Includes a vast number of symptoms known as nervous disorders, all dependent upon a peculiarly susceptible state of the nervous system. See Hysterical joints. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  20. n. [Latin, Greek] A species of nervous affection, the principal characteristics of which consist in alternate fits of laughing and crying, with a sensation of strangulation;—also written Hysterics. Cabinet Dictionary

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