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latah

Pronunciation: lah'tah

Definition: One of the pathologic startle syndromes. A culture-bound disorder characterized by an exaggerated physical response to being startled or to unexpected suggestion, the afflicted involuntarily uttering cries or executing movements in response to command or in imitation of what they hear or see in others.

[Malay, ticklish]

See Also: jumping disease

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