night terror

noun

Definition of night terror

  1. :  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

1889

First Known Use of night terror

1889


Medical Dictionary

night terror

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noun night ter·ror \-ˈter-ər\

Medical Definition of night terror

  1. :  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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