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koro

Pronunciation: ko'ro

Definition: A culture-bound acute delusional syndrome that occurs as localized epidemic at times. Those affected experience intense anxiety over the sensation of the penis in males, vulva and nipples in females, shriveling or being drawn into the body and the belief this may cause death. Found in the Makassarese, natives of the Celebes. Also reported in South and East Asia, occasionally in the West.

Synonym(s): shook jong

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