mass psychogenic illness


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mass psychogenic illness

n.
The occurrence of psychogenic illness in a group of people at the same time. Examples include the biting manias and dancing manias that spread throughout parts of Europe between the 1200s and the 1600s.
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4) These events occurred with no warning or societal exposure as individual acute events in private homes, and a diagnosis of mass psychogenic illness is thus not tenable for this part of the outbreak.