folie à deux

[fo-lee uh doo; French faw-lee a dœ]
noun, plural fo·lies à deux [fo-leez uh doo; French faw-lee za dœ] /fɒˈliz ə ˈdu; French fɔ li za ˈdœ/. Psychiatry.
  1. the sharing of delusional ideas by two people who are closely associated.

Origin of folie à deux

Borrowed into English from French around 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for folie a deux

folie à deux

  1. psychiatry mental illness occurring simultaneously in two intimately related persons who share some of the elements of the illness, such as delusions

Word Origin for folie à deux

French: madness involving two (people)
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folie a deux in Medicine

folie á deux

[fô-lē′ ä dœ, fŏl′ē]
  1. A condition in which symptoms of a mental disorder occur simultaneously in two individuals who share a close relationship or association.
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