[ hee-buh-free-nee-uh ]
/ ˌhi bəˈfri ni ə /
a type of schizophrenia characterized by emotionless, incongruous, or silly behavior, intellectual deterioration, and hallucinations, frequently beginning insidiously during adolescence.
Related formshe·be·phren·ic [hee-buh-fren-ik] /ˌhi bəˈfrɛn ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hebephrenia
The subjects of hebephrenia are peculiarly liable to tubercular infection and many die of phthisis.
Hebephrenia is always a disease of adolescence and never occurs during adult life.
British Dictionary definitions for hebephrenia
/ (ˌhiːbɪˈfriːnɪə) /
a form of pubertal schizophrenia, characterized by hallucinations, delusions, foolish behaviour, and senseless laughter
Derived Formshebephrenic (ˌhiːbɪˈfrɛnɪk), adjective
Word Origin for hebephrenia
C20: New Latin, from Greek hēbē youth + -phrenia mental disorder, from phrēn mind
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Word Origin and History for hebephrenia
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Medicine definitions for hebephrenia
[ hē′bə-frē′nē-ə, -frĕn′ē-ə ]
A schizophrenia, usually starting at puberty, characterized by foolish mannerisms, senseless laughter, delusions, hallucinations, and regressive behavior.disorganized schizophrenia hebephrenic schizophrenia
Related formshe′be•phren′ic (-frĕn′ĭk, -frē′nĭk) adj.
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