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hebephrenia

[ hee-buh-free-nee-uh ]
/ ˌhi bəˈfri ni ə /
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noun Psychiatry.
a type of schizophrenia characterized by emotionless, incongruous, or silly behavior, intellectual deterioration, and hallucinations, frequently beginning insidiously during adolescence.
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Origin of hebephrenia

1880–85; <Greek hēbē- (see hebetic) + -phrenia

OTHER WORDS FROM hebephrenia

he·be·phren·ic [hee-buh-fren-ik], /ˌhi bəˈfrɛn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hebephrenia

hebephrenia
/ (ˌhiːbɪˈfriːnɪə) /

noun
a form of pubertal schizophrenia, characterized by hallucinations, delusions, foolish behaviour, and senseless laughter

Derived forms of hebephrenia

hebephrenic (ˌhiːbɪˈfrɛnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hebephrenia

C20: New Latin, from Greek hēbē youth + -phrenia mental disorder, from phrēn mind
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