carphology

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carphology

(kɑːˈfɒlədʒɪ)
n
the action of grasping at imaginary objects or plucking at one's bed linen, a characteristic of people affected by delirium
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carphology

the motions of delirious or senile patients, especially motions of searching for and grasping at imaginary objects, plucking at bedclothes, etc. Also called floccilation.
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