Definition of globus hystericus in English:

globus hystericus


mass nounMedicine
  • The sensation of a lump in the throat, as a symptom of anxiety or hysteria.

    • ‘High dysphagia must be differentiated from globus hystericus (the feeling of having a lump in the throat without any true dysphagia).’
    • ‘This is the classic formula for a condition called ‘globus hystericus or ‘plum pit throat‘.’
    • ‘It's called globus hystericus, and can feel very frightening, but the good news is despite the slightly silly sounding name it is entirely caused by stress and entirely harmless.’
    • ‘The idea that a symptom called globus hystericus or the globus sensation is a swallowing disorder has somehow gotten into the minds of many people.’
    • ‘The yield for fiberoptic laryngoscopy for globus hystericus is low, but the patient needs this level of invasive examination.’


Late 18th century: from Latin.


globus hystericus

/ˌɡləʊbəs hɪˈstɛrɪkəs/