Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A neurosis observed in Siberia, characterized by extreme excitability and sometimes exhibitions of terror, with imitation of word and deed and often obscene speech. It is similar to or identical with the latah of southern Asia and the Malay archipelago, and the affection of the Jumpers or jumping Frenchmen of Maine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A nervous disease in which the patient involuntarily imitates the words or action of another.
“Dr. Hammond says that the chief feature of the new Siberian disease called miryachit is, that the victims are obliged to mimic and execute movements that they see in others, and which motions they are ordered to execute.”
“From this description it will at once, I think, be perceived that there are striking analogies between "miryachit" and this disorder of the "Jumping Frenchmen" of Maine.”
“It was known to Russians by the name of 'miryachit'".”
“I am not able to give any certain explanation of the phenomena of miryachit or of the "Jumpers," or of certain of those cases of sleep-drunkenness which seem to be of like character.”
“It is not stated that the subjects of miryachit do what they are told to do.”
“This miryachit was observed in Malaysia, Bengal, among the Sikhs and the Nubians, and in Siberia, whilst Beard has observed it in Michigan as well as in Maine.”
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