an older term for a severe conversion reaction that impairs a person's contact with reality, which may be brief, reactive, and culture bound. See: hysteria, conversion.
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hys·ter·ic psy·cho·sis(his-ter'ik sī-kō'sis)
1. A psychotic disturbance with predominantly hysteric symptoms.
2. A mental disorder resembling conversion hysteria but of psychotic severity.
3. A brief reactive psychosis, often culture bound.
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