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1. A culture-specific disorder in which the startle response causes abnormal behaviors such as mimicry and obeying all commands. It is seen primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia.
2. An individual who exhibits this response.

[Malay, perhaps from Sanskrit laṭaḥ, one who speaks like a fool.]
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(Psychology) a psychological condition, observed esp in Malaysian cultures, in which an individual, after experiencing a shock, becomes anxious and suggestible, often imitating the actions of another person
[C19: from Malay]
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