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Medical Term:

conversion disorder


  1. a mental disorder in which an unconscious emotional conflict is expressed as an alteration or loss of physical functioning, either voluntary motor or sensory.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

Synonym(s): conversion hysteria neurosis, conversion neurosis, conversion reaction, hysteric neurosis

See Also: conversion, somatoform disorder, hysteria

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