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la·tah

(lah'tah),
One of the pathologic startle syndromes. A culture-bound disorder characterized by an exaggerated physical response to being startled or to unexpected suggestion, the afflicted involuntarily uttering cries or executing movements in response to command or in imitation of what they hear or see in others.
See also: jumping disease.
[Malay, ticklish]

latah

(lä′tə)
n.
1. A culture-specific startle response seen primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia, characterized by abnormal behaviors such as mimicry and unquestioning obedience to others.
2. An individual who exhibits this response.
A culture specific reaction to sudden stress described in Southeast Asia. Latah involves startle-induced disorganization, hypersuggestibility, automatisms, command obedience, uncontrollable motor and verbal responses—e.g., echolalia, echopraxia, coprolalia—and dissociative and trancelike behaviour

la·tah

(lah'tah)
One of the pathologic startle syndromes. A culture-bound disorder characterized by an exaggerated physical response to being startled or to unexpected suggestion, those afflicted involuntarily uttering cries or executing movements in response to command or in imitation of what they hear or see in others.
See also: jumping disease
[Malay, ticklish]
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