night terrors


pl n

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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Medical definitions for night terrors

night terrors

n.

A state of intense fear and agitation, usually occurring in children, that causes the person to wake up screaming with fear and to remain distressed during a period of semiconsciousness.
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