clavus hystericus


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clavus

 [kla´vus] (pl. cla´vi) (L.)
clavus hyste´ricus a sharp, painful sensation as if a nail were being driven into the head. It is usually regarded as a conversion symptom.
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clavus hystericus

A sharp pain usually localized to the vertex of the skull; said to be of psychosomatic origin.
See also: clavus
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