jumping disease


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jump·ing dis·ease

, jumper disease
one of the pathologic startle syndromes found in isolated parts of the world, characterized by greatly exaggerated responses, such as jumping, flinging the arms and yelling, to minimal stimuli.

choreomania

(1) Chorea.
(2) A term of largely historical interest for a condition first recognised during the Middle Ages and characterised by choreiform spasms that occurred in large closed communities, and is now thought to have been a mass hysterical conversion reaction.
A culture-specific complex evoked in members of a religious sect that originated in Wales whose members now live in North America—mostly in Maine—the rites of which include jumping, rolling on the ground, barking like dogs, etc., until a state of ecstasy is achieved. The disorder is now regarded as psychological in nature.

jump·ing dis·ease

, jumper disease (jŭmping di-zēz, jŭmpĕr)
One of the pathologic startle syndromes found in isolated parts of the world, characterized by greatly exaggerated responses, such as jumping, flinging the arms, and yelling, to minimal stimuli.
Synonym(s): jumping Frenchmen of Maine syndrome.

jump·ing dis·ease

, jumper disease (jŭmping di-zēz, jŭmpĕr)
Pathologic startle syndromes found in isolated parts of the world, characterized by greatly exaggerated responses, such as jumping, flinging the arms, and yelling, due to minimal stimuli.
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