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night terror

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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.
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Origin of night terror

First recorded in 1895–1900
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night terrors

pl n
  1. 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
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