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1727, from hysterical. Sometimes in 19c. jocularly folk-etymologized as high-strikes (1838).
1650s, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos "belonging to the womb" (see hysterical). As a noun from 1751.
hysteric hys·ter·ic (hĭ-stěr'ĭk)n.
A person suffering from hysteria.
hysterics A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.