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hysteric

[hi-ster-ik] /hɪˈstɛr ɪk/
noun
1.
Usually, hysterics. a fit of uncontrollable laughter or weeping; hysteria.
2.
a person subject to hysteria.
adjective
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin hystericus < Greek hysterikós, suffering in the womb, hysterical (reflecting the Greeks' belief that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances in the uterus); see hystero-, -ic
Related forms
antihysteric, noun, adjective
Can be confused
hysterics, histrionics.
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-hysteric

hysteric

/hɪˈstɛrɪk/
noun
1.
a hysterical person
adjective
2.
hysterical
See also hysterics
Word Origin
C17: from Latin hystericus literally: of the womb, from Greek husterikos, from hustera the womb; from the belief that hysteria in women originated in disorders of the womb
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Word Origin and History for anti-hysteric

hysteric

adj.

1650s, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos "belonging to the womb" (see hysterical). As a noun from 1751.

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anti-hysteric in Medicine

hysteric hys·ter·ic (hĭ-stěr'ĭk)
n.

  1. A person suffering from hysteria.

  2. hysterics A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.

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