- inflammation of the brain; encephalitis.
- delirium; frenzy.
Origin of phrenitis
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Examples from the Web for phrenitis
She was in the first stages of phrenitis, or inflammation of the brain.
In pathology, a dread of air (wind); a common symptom in hydrophobia, and occasionally present in hysteria and phrenitis.
In no malady does a horse suffer more than in phrenitis, or inflammation of the brain.
And since the membranes about the wound began to be inflamed, he fell a victim to phrenitis and died not long afterwards.Procopius
Would any rational practitioner, in a case of phrenitis, or in the delirium of fever, order his patient to be scourged?Observations on Madness and Melancholy
- another name for encephalitis
- a state of frenzy; delirium
C17: via Late Latin from Greek: delirium, from phrēn mind, diaphragm + -itis
- Inflammation of the diaphragm.
- Encephalitis. No longer in technical use.
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