Definitions for hebephreniaˌhi bəˈfri ni ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

he•be•phre•ni•aˌhi bəˈfri ni ə(n.)

  1. a form of schizophrenia characterized by emotionless, incongruous, or silly behavior, intellectual deterioration, and hallucinations.

    Category: Psychiatry

Origin of hebephrenia:

1880–85; < Gk hēbē- (see hebetic ) + -phrenia

he`be•phren′ic-ˈfrɛn ɪk(adj.; n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hebephrenia, hebephrenic schizophrenia, disorganized schizophrenia, disorganized type schizophrenia(noun)

    a form of schizophrenia characterized by severe disintegration of personality including erratic speech and childish mannerisms and bizarre behavior; usually becomes evident during puberty; the most common diagnostic category in mental institutions


  1. hebephrenia(Noun)

    A type of mental disorder occurring during puberty.

  2. hebephrenia(Noun)

    A form of schizophrenia characterised by inappropriate behaviour and emotional responses.

  3. Origin: From ἥβη (also Ἥβη) + φρήν.


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