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sundowning

[ suhn-dou-ning ]
/ ˈsʌnˌdaʊ nɪŋ /
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noun
Psychiatry. a state of confusion, disorientation, or anxiety seen late in the day or at night, especially in dementia patients, likely as a result of strange surroundings, drug effects, decreased sensory input, or reduction of oxygen supply to the brain: Two randomized controlled trials of the new drug have found a significant improvement in sundowning and other agitated behavior.
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Origin of sundowning

First recorded in 1870–75, for an earlier sense; sundown + -ing1

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