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  • n. A form of hysteria that can be cured by pursuasive suggestion


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  • So, recognizing the accuracy of the beautiful analysis of Professor Déjérine of what he calls neurasthenia, we venture to assimilate it with the equally true analysis which Babinski has made of the immediate mechanism of what he wishes to call pithiatism.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology


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  • Psychol. A type of hysteria thought to be amenable to and curable by suggestion. OED

    June 8, 2008