panic attack

noun Psychiatry.
  1. an intense attack of anxiety characterized by feelings of impending doom and trembling, sweating, pounding heart, and other physical symptoms.
Also called anxiety attack.
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panic attack

noun
  1. an episode of acute and disabling anxiety associated with such physical symptoms as hyperventilation and sweatingSee also panic disorder
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panic attack

n.
  1. The sudden onset of intense anxiety, characterized by feelings of intense fear and apprehension and accompanied by palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, and trembling.anxiety attack
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