(formerly) extreme depression related to menopause or, less frequently, the male climacteric.
Origin of involutional melancholia
First recorded in 1905–10
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Medicine definitions for involutional melancholia
A form of depression that occurs in late middle age, sometimes accompanied by paranoia.
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