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A culture-bound syndrome found in the Caribbean and among African American and Latino communities in the southern United States, where it is generally attributed to witchcraft, sorcery, or hexing, characterized by anxiety, gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, weakness, dizziness, and fear of being poisoned or killed, the symptoms generally persisting unless the spell is removed by a healer called a root doctor. Also called mal puesto or brujería in Spanish-speaking communities. Compare voodoo death. [From Old English rot a root, from Old Norse rot a root]

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