Dictionary lesson for the day: Hysteria

hys·te·ri·a [hi-ster-ee-uh, -steer-] Show IPA
noun
1.
an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.
2.
Psychoanalysis . a psychoneurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks, disturbances of sensory and motor functions, and various abnormal effects due to autosuggestion.
3.
Psychiatry. conversion disorder.

hystero- or ( before a vowel ) hyster-

— combining form
1. indicating the uterus: hysterotomy
2. hysteria: hysterogenic

[from Greek hustera womb]

hyster- or ( before a vowel ) hyster-

— combining form

[from Greek hustera womb]

Bet you didn’t know that the dictionary is sexist. How dare you relate words from the English language with female body parts! Especially for stereotypical behavior, like associating women with emotional outbursts! Das seckust!

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