floccillation

[flok-suh-ley-shuh n]

noun Pathology.

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

Origin of floccillation

1835–45; < Latin flocc(us) floccus + -ill(us) diminutive suffix + -ation
Also called carphology.
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floccillation in Medicine

floccillation

[flŏk′sə-lāshən]

n.

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