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adj. [hysterique, French; ὑστερικὸς.]
  1. Troubled with fits; disordered in the regions of the womb.

    In hysterick women the rarity of symptoms doth oft strike such an astonishment into spectators, that they report them possessed with the devil. Harvey on Consumptions.

    Many hysterical women are sensible of wind passing from the womb. Floyer on the Humours.

  2. Proceeding from disorders in the womb.

    Parent of vapours, and of female wit,
    Who gave th' hysterick or poetick fit.
    Pope's Ra. of the Lock.

    This terrible scene made too violent an impression upon a woman in her condition, and threw her into a strong hysterick fit. Arbuthn. and Pope's Mart. Scribl.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Floyer, John (18) · Harvey, Gideon (42) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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