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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.
  • n. A hysteric person; one who suffers from hysteria.
  • Same as hysteretic.

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

Etymologies

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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