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night terror

n.
An episode of nighttime arousal from sleep, accompanied by intense fear and agitation and not recalled after awakening. Night terrors are more common in children than in adults. Also called sleep terror.
The abrupt awakening from sleep with behaviour consistent with terror, which is most common in preadolescent boys, but may occur in girls and extend into adulthood
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Jules, who had a history of night terrors and opening windows in his sleep, died from serious head injuries on June 15.
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