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hysterical 1615, from L. hystericus "of the womb," from Gk.… - Elena's Journal

1615, from L. hystericus "of the womb," from Gk. hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb" (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Hysterics is 1727; hysteria, abstract noun, formed 1801.

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roastbeefguy From: roastbeefguy Date: March 21st, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't realize they CHANGED that definition... :D Just kidding
amazingmrparker From: amazingmrparker Date: March 22nd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
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From: neveragain1369 Date: March 22nd, 2008 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
The original medical description of a woman experiencing hysteria was that her womb was physically moving about her body in a rambunctious and destructive way, causing mental instability and general malaise. The only way to "anchor" the womb with 100% certainty was to be pregnant.
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