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mal de ojo


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A culture-bound syndrome, sometimes referred to in English as the evil eye, widespread throughout Mediterranean cultures and Latino communities in other parts of the world, to which children are supposed to be especially vulnerable, believed to be caused by a malignant look or glance from a malevolent person, leading to insomnia, crying without provocation, diarrhoea, vomiting, and fever. [From Spanish mal illness + de of + ojo an eye]


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