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verbigeration

[ ver-bij-uh-rey-shuhn ]
/ vərˌbɪdʒ əˈreɪ ʃən /
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Pathology.

the constant or obsessive repetition of meaningless words or phrases.

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Origin of verbigeration

1890–95; <Latin verbiger(āre) to chat, converse (verb(um) word + -i--i- + -gerāre durative derivative of gerere to carry on, transact) + -ation

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Medical definitions for verbigeration

verbigeration
[ vər-bĭj′ə-rāshən ]

n.

Obsessive repetition of meaningless words and phrases, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
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