conversion hysteria

conversion hysteria
noun
a mental disorder characterized by the conversion of mental conflict into somatic forms (into paralysis or anesthesia having no apparent cause)
Hyponyms: ↑glove anesthesia

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noun or conversion reaction
: a psychoneurosis manifested by somatic conversion symptoms

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conversion hysteria,
Psychiatry. hysteria brought on by anxiety or mental conflict, in which repressed wishes or desires are suddenly released by the development of physical symptoms, such as temporary blindness or paralysis, and which produce a characteristic calm and tranquillity.

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