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dementia praecox

[pree-koks] /ˈpri kɒks/
noun, Psychiatry.
Origin of dementia praecox
1895-1900; < New Latin: precocious dementia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for dementia praecox
Historical Examples
  • There are cases of dementia praecox that only time can differentiate.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • There is no doubt of its close relationship to dementia praecox.

  • We have tried to think Alma is shielding somebody, somebody maybe that is a victim of dementia praecox.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
  • When my sister and I had scarlet fever, she did not die, but she at that time began to show symptoms of dementia praecox.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
  • A case of dementia praecox, violent in character, was brought to me as a result of the cure in the above case.

  • A physician was called, another, and another, and his case was diagnosed as dementia praecox.

British Dictionary definitions for dementia praecox

dementia praecox

a former name for schizophrenia
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, literally: premature dementia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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dementia praecox in Medicine

dementia praecox dementia prae·cox (prē'kŏks')
Schizophrenia. No longer in technical use.

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