Origin of hystericClassical Latin hystericus from Classical Greek hysterikos, suffering in the womb, hysterical from hystera, uterus: from the notion that women are hysterical more often than men
- [usually pl., occas. with sing. v.] a hysterical fit; hysteria (sense )
- a person subject to hysteria
- hysterics used with a sing. or pl. verb A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.
- A person suffering from hysteria. No longer in clinical use.
Origin of hystericFrom Latin hystericus hysterical from Greek husterikos from husterā womb (from the former idea that disturbances in the womb caused hysteria)
(comparative more hysteric, superlative most hysteric)
- A hysterical person.
From Latin hystericus, from Ancient Greek ὑστερικός (hysterikos, “suffering in the uterus, hysterical”), from ὑστέρα (hustera, “womb”).