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panic attack

 

Definition: sudden onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror, or impending doom accompanied by increased autonomic nervous system activity and by various constitutional disturbances, depersonalization, and derealization.

See: anxiety, anxiety disorders, under disorder, panic

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