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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
a group of disorders in which physical symptoms suggesting physical disorders for which there are no demonstrable organic findings or known physiologic mechanisms, and for which there is positive evidence, or a strong presumption that the symptoms are linked to psychological factors; for example, hysteria, conversion disorder, hypochondriasis, pain disorder, somatization disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and Briquet syndrome.
Bri·quet syn·drome(brē-kā' sin'drōm)
A chronic but fluctuating mental disorder, usually of young women, characterized by frequent complaints of physical illness involving multiple organ systems simultaneously.
[Paul Briquet, Fr. physician, 1796–1881]
1. A personality disorder in which alcoholism and somatization disorder occur.
2. Somatization disorder.
3. An old term for hysterical personality disorder.
Briquet,Paul, French physician, 1796-1881.
Briquet ataxia - weakening of the muscle sense and increased sensibility of the skin, in hysteria. Synonym(s): hysterical ataxia
Briquet syndrome - a chronic but fluctuating mental disorder, usually of young women, characterized by frequent complaints of physical illness involving multiple organ systems simultaneously.