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n.1. formerly, a neurosis characterized by emotional instability, repression, dissociation, some physical symptoms (see hysterical), and vulnerability to suggestion. Two types were recognized: conversion hysteria, now known as conversion disorder; and dissociative hysteria, comprising a group of conditions now generally regarded as dissociative disorders. See also neurosis. 2. a state of great emotional excitement.

1. formerly, a neurosis characterized by emotional instability, repression, dissociation, some physical symptoms (see hysterical), and vulnerability to suggestion. Two types were recognized: conversion hysteria, now known as conversion disorder; and dissociative hysteria, comprising a group of conditions now generally regarded as dissociative disorders. See also neurosis. 2. a state of great emotional excitement.

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