n. schizophrenia occurring at puberty.
   ♦ hebephrenic, a.

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  • hebephrenia — adolescent insanity, 1886, coined in Modern Latin by German psychiatrist Ewald Escker in 1871, from Gk. hebe youth (see HEBE (Cf. Hebe) (1)) + phrene mind …   Etymology dictionary

  • hebephrenia — [hē΄bi frē′nē ə] n. [ModL < Gr hēbē, youth + phrēn, the mind] a form of schizophrenia characterized by childish or silly behavior, disorganized thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, usually beginning in adolescence hebephrenic… …   English World dictionary

  • hebephrenia — noun Etymology: New Latin, irregular from Greek hēbētēs young adult (from hēbē youth) + English phrenia; from the childish behavior which is often found with it Date: 1883 a form of schizophrenia characterized especially by incoherence, delusions …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hebephrenia — hebephrenic /hee beuh fren ik/, adj. /hee beuh free nee euh/, n. Psychiatry. a type of schizophrenia characterized by emotionless, incongruous, or silly behavior, intellectual deterioration, and hallucinations, frequently beginning insidiously… …   Universalium

  • hebephrenia — noun /hiːbɪˈfriːnɪə/ A form of schizophrenia characterised by inappropriate behaviour and emotional responses …   Wiktionary

  • hebephrenia — A syndrome characterized by shallow and inappropriate affect, giggling, and silly, regressive behavior and mannerisms; a subtype of schizophrenia now renamed disorganized schizophrenia. [G. hebe, puberty, + phren, the mind] * * * he·be·phre·nia… …   Medical dictionary

  • hebephrenia — n. type of schizophrenia (Psychiatry) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hebephrenia — [ˌhi:bɪ fri:nɪə] noun a form of chronic schizophrenia involving disordered thought, hallucinations, and bizarre behaviour. Derivatives hebephrenic frɛnɪk adjective &noun Origin C19 (orig. assoc. with behaviour in puberty): from the goddess of… …   English new terms dictionary

  • hebephrenia — he·be·phre·nia …   English syllables

  • hebephrenia — n. an obsolescent name for a chronic form of schizophrenia that typically starts in adolescence or young adulthood. The most prominent features are disordered thinking; inappropriate emotions with inappropriate affect, naivity and vulnerability,… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • hebephrenia — he•be•phre•ni•a [[t]ˌhi bəˈfri ni ə[/t]] n. psi a form of schizophrenia characterized by emotionless, incongruous, or silly behavior, intellectual deterioration, and hallucinations • Etymology: 1880–85; < Gk hēbē (see hebetic) + phrenia he… …   From formal English to slang

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