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night terror

noun

Definition of NIGHT TERROR

:  a sudden awakening in dazed terror that occurs in children during slow-wave sleep, is often preceded by a sudden shrill cry uttered in sleep, and is not remembered when the child awakes —usually used in plural

First Known Use of NIGHT TERROR

1896
Medical Dictionary

night terror

noun night ter·ror \-ˈter-ər\

Medical Definition of NIGHT TERROR

:  a sudden awakening in dazed terror that occurs in children during slow-wave sleep, is often preceded by a sudden shrill cry uttered in sleep, and is not remembered when the child awakes—usually used in plural; called also pavor nocturnus

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