- the first stage of the general adaptation syndrome, in which the body responds to stress by exhibiting shock.
Origin of alarm reaction
First recorded in 1935–40
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- The initial stage in the body's response to stressful stimuli, characterized by adaptive physiological changes, such as increased hormonal activity and increased heart rate.
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