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delirium

[ dih-leer-ee-uhm ]
/ d瑟藞l瑟蓹r i 蓹m /
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noun, plural de路lir路i路ums, de路lir路i路a [dih-leer-ee-uh]. /d瑟藞l瑟蓹r i 蓹/.
Pathology. a more or less temporary disorder of the mental faculties, as in fevers, disturbances of consciousness, or intoxication, characterized by restlessness, excitement, delusions, hallucinations, etc.
a state of violent excitement or emotion.
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Origin of delirium

1590鈥1600; <Latin d膿l墨rium frenzy, equivalent to d膿l墨r(膩re) (see deliration) + -ium-ium

OTHER WORDS FROM delirium

sem路i路de路lir路i路um, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for delirium

delirium
/ (d瑟藞l瑟r瑟蓹m) /

noun plural -liriums or -liria (-藞l瑟r瑟蓹)
a state of excitement and mental confusion, often accompanied by hallucinations, caused by high fever, poisoning, brain injury, etc
violent excitement or emotion; frenzy

Derived forms of delirium

deliriant, adjective

Word Origin for delirium

C16: from Latin: madness, from d膿l墨r膩re, literally: to swerve from a furrow, hence be crazy, from de- + l墨ra ridge, furrow
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