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A culture-bound syndrome found in India, where there is another similar syndrome called jiryan, and Sri Lanka, where a syndrome resembling dhat is called sukra prameha, characterized by severe anxiety, together with hypochondria focused on concerns about weakness and exhaustion, attributed to excessive discharge of semen by both men and women (also believed to secrete semen), and whitish discolouration of urine interpreted as semen loss. Also written dhatu. Compare shen-k'uei. [From Hindi dhatura a plant with strongly narcotic properties]

Subjects: Psychology.

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