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panic attack

noun, Psychiatry.
1.
an intense attack of anxiety characterized by feelings of impending doom and trembling, sweating, pounding heart, and other physical symptoms.
Also called anxiety attack.
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British Dictionary definitions for panic attack

panic attack

noun
1.
an episode of acute and disabling anxiety associated with such physical symptoms as hyperventilation and sweating See also panic disorder
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panic attack in Medicine

panic attack n.
The sudden onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror, impending doom, depersonalization, and derealization, occurring in phobias, schizophrenia, and major depression.

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