1. classic hysteria; a chronic disorder, principally of women, which begins in the teens or early twenties, characterized by a variety of symptoms involving almost every organ system; currently classified as conversion disorder or somatization disorder.
2. functional (hysteric) anesthesia of the skin with resulting inaccuracies in movement (labeled "ataxia").
3. functional dyspnea and aphonia.
Synonym(s): Briquet syndrome
Bri·quet dis·ease(brē-kā' di-zēz')
Hysteric neurosis, conversion type.