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  • (From Greek tarasso(?), to trouble the mind, confound, agitate, disturb, disquiet) Male hysteria.

    "Hysteria" (hustera, womb) is a form of neurosis which, strictly speaking, ought to apply to women only. But males suffer from the malady, too, and the same term is used to designate it. In 1886 Sanoaville de Lachèse proposed that the word "tarassis" (tarasso, to agitate, disturb, trouble) be used to designate hysteria in the male, but in spite of its appropriateness the term has not received general acceptance. It is not always the superior scientific term that succeeds in winning approval."

    -- Oscar Nybakken, Greek and Latin in Scientific Terminology, 1959

    -- From wwftd

    November 20, 2007