noun Pathology. (formerly)
inflammation of the brain; encephalitis.
Origin of phrenitis
< Late Latin phrenītis
delirium, frenzy < Greek phrenîtis.
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Historical Examples of 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.
Would any rational practitioner, in a case of phrenitis, or in the delirium of fever, order his patient to be scourged?
British Dictionary definitions for phrenitis
Derived Formsphrenitic (frɪˈnɪtɪk), adjective
a state of frenzy; delirium
Word Origin for phrenitis
C17: via Late Latin from Greek: delirium, from phrēn mind, diaphragm + -itis
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Related formsphre•nit′ic (-nĭt′ĭk) adj.
Inflammation of the diaphragm.
Encephalitis. No longer in technical use.
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