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globus hystericus

noun glo·bus hys·ter·i·cus \ ˈglō-bəs-his-ˈter-i-kəs \
variants: or globus sensation or globus pharyngeus play \- fə-ˈrin-jē-əs\ also globus syndrome or globus

medical Definition of globus hystericus

:the subjective feeling or sensation of a lump or mass in the throat
  • It's a common but confusing condition originally named globus hystericus, probably because of its potential connection to stress, anxiety and panic.
  • The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec)6 Jan. 1994
  • Often, people are told “it's all in your head” even when the feeling is in their throat. That has been true for a long time for many people who have a “lump in their throat.” This sensation, sometimes with difficult swallowing, is called the globus sensation.
  • —Allen J. DoumaThe Chicago Tribune28 Aug. 1998
  • I am guessing that the diagnosis was globus pharyngeus, a rather common condition. It's just as you describe it, a sensation of having a lump in the throat.
  • —Paul G. DonohueThe Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News5 Oct. 1994
  • Although globus can occur along with other conditions such as esophageal reflux, the researchers say there's no cause-and-effect relationship. Assurance by the doctor that there's no organic disease helps more than half of the patients.
  • —Melva WeberVogueApril 1983

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