borderline personality disorder

noun

psychiatry a mental condition on the dividing line between a psychiatric disorder and normality characterized by impulsiveness, extreme mood swings, and often aggressiveness

Nearby words

  1. borderer,
  2. borderland,
  3. borderless,
  4. borderline,
  5. borderline personality,
  6. borders,
  7. borders region,
  8. bordet,
  9. bordet, jules,
  10. bordet-gengou bacillus

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Medicine definitions for borderline personality disorder

borderline personality disorder

[ bôrdər-līn′ ]

n.

A personality disorder marked by a long-standing pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, behavior, mood, and self-image that can interfere with social or occupational functioning or cause extreme emotional distress.

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