Meaning of globus hystericus in English:

globus hystericus

Pronunciation /ˌɡləʊbəs hɪˈstɛrɪkəs/


mass nounMedicine
  • The sensation of a lump in the throat, as a symptom of anxiety or hysteria.

    ‘The idea that a symptom called globus hystericus or the globus sensation is a swallowing disorder has somehow gotten into the minds of many people.’
    • ‘High dysphagia must be differentiated from globus hystericus (the feeling of having a lump in the throat without any true dysphagia).’
    • ‘This is the classic formula for a condition called ‘globus hystericus or ‘plum pit throat‘.’
    • ‘The yield for fiberoptic laryngoscopy for globus hystericus is low, but the patient needs this level of invasive examination.’
    • ‘It's called globus hystericus, and can feel very frightening, but the good news is despite the slightly silly sounding name it is entirely caused by stress and entirely harmless.’


Mid 18th century from Latin (see globe, hysteria).