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floccillation

[ flok-suh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌflɒk səˈleɪ ʃən /
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noun Pathology.

a delirious picking of the bedclothes by the patient, as in certain fevers.

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Also called carphology.

Origin of floccillation

1835–45; <Latin flocc(us) floccus + -ill(us) diminutive suffix + -ation
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Medical definitions for floccillation

floccillation
[ flŏk′sə-lāshən ]

n.

An aimless plucking at the bedclothes occurring especially in the delirium of a fever.
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