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

  • n. A state of intense fear and agitation sometimes experienced, especially by children, on awakening from a stage of sleep not associated with dreaming but characterized by extremely vivid hallucinations.

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  • n. A sleeping disorder, where sleep is interrupted by anxiety, panic or screaming.

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  • n. an emotional episode (usually in young children) in which the person awakens in terror with feelings of anxiety and fear but is unable to remember any incident that might have provoked those feelings

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