nervous breakdown

noun
|Updated on: 30 Jul 2018

Definition of nervous breakdown

: an attack of mental or emotional disorder especially when of sufficient severity to require hospitalization

Examples of nervous breakdown in a Sentence

  1. She had a nervous breakdown shortly after her sister's death.

  2. He is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

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First Known Use of nervous breakdown

1870

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NERVOUS BREAKDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nervous breakdown for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden failure of mental health that makes someone unable to live normally


Medical Dictionary

nervous breakdown

noun

medical Definition of nervous breakdown

: an attack of mental or emotional disorder especially when of sufficient severity to require hospitalization


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