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pavor diur´nus attacks of anxiety in children during a daytime nap.
pavor noctur´nus a sleep disturbance usually occurring in children and characterized by extreme anxiety occurring shortly after sleep onset, with panicky awakening, fear and signs of autonomic arousal, inability to be comforted, poor recall of any dream, and later amnesia for the event. Repeated occurrences are called sleep terror disorder.
a sleep disorder occurring in children during daytime sleep in which they cry out in alarm and awaken in fear and panic. See also sleep terror disorder.
Attacks of terror or fright during the day, esp. in children.
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