melancholia

[mel-uh n-koh-lee-uh, -kohl-yuh]

noun

a mental condition characterized by great depression of spirits and gloomy forebodings.
Psychiatry. endogenous depression.

Nearby words

  1. melamine,
  2. melamine resin,
  3. melammed,
  4. melampus,
  5. melan-,
  6. melancholia attonita,
  7. melancholiac,
  8. melancholic,
  9. melancholy,
  10. melanchthon

Origin of melancholia

From Late Latin, dating back to 1685–95; see origin at melancholy

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British Dictionary definitions for melancholia

melancholia

noun

a former name for depression
Derived Formsmelancholiac, adjective, noun

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Word Origin and History for melancholia

melancholia

n.

1690s, from Modern Latin melancholia (see melancholy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for melancholia

melancholia

[mĕl′ən-kōlē-ə]

n.

A mental disorder characterized by depression, apathy, and withdrawal.
Related formsmel′an•choli•ac (-lē-ăk′) adj. n.


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