What does the word hysteria mean?

Usage examples for hysteria

  1. While speculating as to what would be best to do, it occurred to me that I would write to Mivart, asking him to run down to me at Hurstcote Manor and consult with me, because he had told me that he had given attention to cases of hysteria. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  2. And so John Brown's mad attempt excited a degree of hysteria almost unbelievable. – American Men of Action by Burton E. Stevenson
  3. Courtenay, more amused than anxious, did not silence the terrier, and Joey's barking speedily rose to a shrill and breathless hysteria. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy