involutional melancholia

noun Psychiatry.

(formerly) extreme depression related to menopause or, less frequently, the male climacteric.

Origin of involutional melancholia

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for involutional melancholia

involutional melancholia


A form of depression that occurs in late middle age, sometimes accompanied by paranoia.
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