panic attack

noun
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of panic attack

: an episode of intense fear or apprehension that is of sudden onset

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1966

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panic attack

noun

medical Definition of panic attack

: an episode of intense fear or apprehension that is of sudden onset and may occur for no apparent reason or as a reaction to an identifiable triggering stimulus (as a stressful event); specifically : one that is accompanied by usually four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms (as heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or feelings of unreality) and that typically peaks within 10 minutes of onset

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