Definition of Hysterical

1. Adjective. Characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria. "Hysterical amnesia"

Exact synonyms: Hysteric
Similar to: Neurotic, Psychoneurotic
Derivative terms: Hysteria, Hysteria

2. Adjective. Marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion. "A mob of hysterical vigilantes"
Similar to: Agitated
Derivative terms: Hysteria, Hysteria

Definition of Hysterical

1. Adjective. Of, or arising from hysteria. ¹

2. Adjective. Having, or prone to having hysterics. ¹

3. Adjective. Provoking uncontrollable laughter. ¹

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Definition of Hysterical

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Hysterical

1. Relating to or characterised by hysteria. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hysterical

hysteresis loop
hysteresis motor
hysterical (current term)
hysterical amblyopia
hysterical anaesthesia
hysterical ataxia
hysterical blindness
hysterical chorea
hysterical convulsion
hysterical deafness
hysterical gait
hysterical joint
hysterical neurosis
hysterical paralysis
hysterical polydipsia
hysterical pregnancy
hysterical psychosis

Literary usage of Hysterical

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1886)
"On hysterical Anuria with Secretion of the Urine by the Stomach, and Experimental Researches Made in hysterical Anuria in Relation to Uraemia. ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1906)
"I have prepared for publication in another paper an exquisite case of this character, in which the hysterical element was so pronounced that notwithstanding ..."

3. Clinical lectures on mental diseases by Thomas Smith Clouston, Charles Follen Folsom (1884)
"hysterical INSANITY. That form of mental disease which is complicated with ... But perhaps it is mure convenient to retain the name of hysterical insanity. ..."

4. The Unsound Mind and the Law: A Presentation of Forensic Psychiatry by George W. Jacoby (1918)
"hysterical contractures affect the extremities so that they usually maintain a ... These hysterical contractures differ from the organic ones by the great ..."

5. Nervous and Mental Diseases by Archibald Church, Frederick Peterson (1919)
"hysterical INSANITY. The hysterical character gives a certain color to other psychoses when present in a given case. This character, having practically ..."

6. Lectures on the Diseases of the Nervous System: Delivered at La Salpêtrière by Jean Martin Charcot (1879)
"Causes which have thrown doubt on the existence of hysterical ... Resistance to inanition in hysteria. Mechanism of hysterical ..."

7. The Principles and practice of medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1903)
"hysterical SPASTIC PARAPLEGIA. There is no spinal-cord disease which may be so ... In the hysterical form there is wasting, the sensory symptoms are not ..."

8. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The hysterical patient may be happy, jolly and easily accessible one moment, ... hysterical patients often seem unable to distinguish what they remember, ..."

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