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night terror

noun, Psychiatry.
1.
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
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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