conversion disorder

noun

Definition of conversion disorder

: a psychoneurosis in which bodily symptoms (such as paralysis of the limbs) appear without physical basis called also conversion hysteria, conversion reaction

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1980

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conversion disorder

noun
variants: also conversion hysteria or conversion reaction

medical Definition of conversion disorder

: a psychiatric disorder in which bodily symptoms (as paralysis of the limbs) appear without physical basis and that is typically associated with psychological stress or conflict

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