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night terror

noun, Psychiatry.
a sudden feeling of extreme fear that awakens a sleeping person, usually during slow-wave sleep, and is not associated with a dream or nightmare.
Also called sleep-terror disorder.
Origin of night terror
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for night terrors

night terrors

plural noun
a condition in which a person, usually a child, suddenly starts from sleep in a state of extreme fear but cannot later remember the incident
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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