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hysteria (n.)

神经性疾病,1801年,在医学拉丁文中被创造为一个抽象名词,来自希腊文 hystera "子宫",来自PIE *udtero- ,是 *udero- "腹部、子宫、胃"的变体(见 uterus )。最初定义为女性特有的神经症,认为是由子宫功能失调引起的。以抽象名词结尾, -ia 。一般意义上的"不健康的情绪或兴奋"是到1839年。

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Definitions of hysteria from WordNet

hysteria (n.)
state of violent mental agitation;
Synonyms: craze / delirium / frenzy / fury
hysteria (n.)
excessive or uncontrollable fear;
hysteria (n.)
neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions;
Synonyms: hysterical neurosis
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