night terror


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

night ter·ror

noun \-ˈter-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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