from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person suffering from hysteria.
  • n. A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.
  • n. An attack of hysteria.
  • adj. Hysterical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. hysterical
  • n. A hysterical person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to hysteria.
  • adj. In a state of hysteria; affected, or troubled, with hysterics; uncontrollably emotional; convulsive, fitful.
  • adj. In a state of panic or behaving in a wild irrational manner, due to fear or emotional trauma.
  • adj. Resembling hysteria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to, resulting from, affected with, or subject to hysteria.
  • Having the characteristics of hysteria; emotionally disordered; fitful; frantic.
  • n. A fit of hysteria: commonly in the plural.
  • Same as hysteretic.
  • n. A hysteric person; one who suffers from hysteria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person suffering from hysteria
  • adj. characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria


From Latin hystericus, hysterical, from Greek husterikos, from husterā, womb (from the former idea that disturbances in the womb caused hysteria).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hystericus, from Ancient Greek ὑστερικός (hysterikos, "suffering in the uterus, hysterical"), from ὑστέρα (hustera, "womb"). (Wiktionary)


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