- hysteria:  Greek hustérā meant ‘womb’ (it is related to Latin uterus ‘womb’). The adjective derived from it was husterikós ‘suffering in the womb’. This passed into Latin as hystericus, which formed the basis of the modern Latin noun hysteria, a term coined in the 19th century for a neurotic condition supposedly peculiar to women (in popular parlance it was called ‘the vapours’). Hysterectomy ‘surgical removal of the womb’ dates from the late 19th century.
- hysteria (n.)
- 1801, coined in medical Latin as an abstract noun from hysteric (see hysterical) + abstract noun ending -ia.
- 1. All the lights went off, and mass hysteria broke out.
- 2. There's a very thin dividing line between joviality and hysteria.
- 3. No one could help getting carried away by the hysteria.
- 4. He could whip a crowd into hysteria.
- 5. His voice teetered on the edge of hysteria.
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