panic attack

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panic attack

1. An episode of acute anxiety and fear, marked by such physical symptoms as heart palpitations and hyperventilation. My panic attacks got so bad at one point that I was afraid to leave the house.
2. By extension, a particularly frightening, jarring, or anxious experience. I thought I had lost my keys and just about had a panic attack.
See also: attack, panic
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