Hebephrenia Definition

hēbə-frēnē-ə, -frĕnē-
A form of schizophrenia characterized by childish or silly behavior, disorganized thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, usually beginning in adolescence.
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Origin of Hebephrenia

  • Greek hēbē youth (because the onset of the disorder typically occurs in adolescence or young adulthood) –phrenia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἥβη (hēbē, “youthful beauty”) (also Ἥβη (Hēbē, “the goddess Hebe”)) + φρήν (phrēn, “mind”).

    From Wiktionary

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