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[ster-ee-uh-tahy-pee, steer-] /ˈstɛr i əˌtaɪ pi, ˈstɪər-/
the stereotype process.
Also called stereotyped behavior. Psychiatry. persistent mechanical repetition of speech or movement, sometimes occurring as a symptom of schizophrenia, autism, or other mental disorder.
Origin of stereotypy
First recorded in 1860-65; stereotype + -y3 Unabridged
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  • stereotypy and perseveration are other evidences of this narrowness of thought content.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • It indicates a tendency to mental  stereotypy, so frequently encountered in testing the feeble-minded.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • More akin to the tics is stereotypy of written language, so common an appanage of mental disease.

British Dictionary definitions for stereotypy


/ˈstɛrɪəˌtaɪpɪ; ˈstɪər-/
the act or process of making stereotype printing plates
a tendency to think or act in rigid, repetitive, and often meaningless patterns
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stereotypy in Medicine

stereotypy ster·e·o·ty·py (stěr'ē-ə-tī'pē, stēr'-)

  1. The maintenance of one attitude for a long period.

  2. The constant repetition of certain meaningless gestures or movements.

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