anxiety state

noun

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: an episode of usually intense anxiety : a temporary condition during which a person experiences significant levels of anxiety
The anxiety state, like kinetic energy, refers to a palpable reaction or process taking place at a given time. Robert P. Granacher

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Have your muscles unclenched from the almost-90-minute anxiety state that was last night's epic episode of Game of Thrones? Abby Gardner, Glamour, 29 Apr. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of anxiety state was in 1904

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“Anxiety state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anxiety%20state. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

anxiety state

noun

1
: anxiety disorder
Similarly, someone who fears panic but goes out freely into public places is not agoraphobic but rather has an anxiety state Issac M. Marks, Fears, Phobias, and Rituals …
2
: an episode of usually intense anxiety : a temporary condition during which a person experiences significant levels of anxiety
The anxiety state, like kinetic energy, refers to a palpable reaction or process taking place at a given time. Robert P. Granacher, Traumatic Brain Injury …
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