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latah Tweet Definition of latah Like Definition of latah on Facebook
noun 
  1. a hyperstartling condition found in south-east Asia; a person suffering from this malady
  • 1959: Latah is a condition occurring in Southeast Asia. Otherwise sane, Latahs compulsively imitate every motion once their attention is attracted by snapping the fingers or calling sharply. " William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
  • 1989: It seemed to Sir Edwin that this patient, a young man who had never set foot outside England, was suffering from an ailment known as " common enough in the Malay archipelago but hitherto unknown, so far as the clinical records " admittedly not very reliable " could advise, in the temperate clime of northern Europe. " Anthony Burgess, The Devil's Mode
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    lateralization Tweet Definition of lateralization Like Definition of lateralization on Facebook
    noun 
    1. localization of a function, such as speech, to the right or left side of the brain.
         
    learning-disabled Tweet Definition of learning-disabled Like Definition of learning-disabled on Facebook
    adjective 
    1. Possessing a condition that impedes learning,
         
    lycanthrope Tweet Definition of lycanthrope Like Definition of lycanthrope on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A human cursed with lycanthropy.
         
    lycanthropy Tweet Definition of lycanthropy Like Definition of lycanthropy on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (mythology) The act of shape-shifting between the form of a man (human being) and a wolf, often done during a full moon, according to legend.
    2. A delusion in which one believes oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal.
         

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