One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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).’
- ‘The yield for fiberoptic laryngoscopy for globus hystericus is low, but the patient needs this level of invasive examination.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This is the classic formula for a condition called ‘globus hystericus or ‘plum pit throat‘.’
Late 18th century: from Latin.
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