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 (dī-ŏj′ə-nēz′) Died c. 320 bc.
Greek philosopher and founder of the Cynic school who advocated self-control and the pursuit of virtue through simple living. He is said to have once wandered through the streets of Athens with a lantern in daylight, searching for an honest man.


(Biography) ?412–?323 bc, Greek Cynic philosopher, who rejected social conventions and advocated self-sufficiency and simplicity of life


(daɪˈɒdʒ əˌniz)

412?–323 B.C., Greek Cynic philosopher.
Di`o•gen′ic (-əˈdʒɛn ɪk) Di•og`e•ne′an, adj.
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Prior Information Notice without call for competition: Service operation of clean points and sanitation housing people affected by diogenes syndrome in the city of madrid.
We report a case of Diogenes syndrome in a 20-year-old girl who was suffering from familial neurodegenerative disease.
with Diogenes Syndrome have no psychiatric history.
The woman's situation appeared synonymous with what is called Diogenes syndrome -- a psychological disorder that involves hoarding of rubbish and severe self-neglect.
True primary cases of Diogenes syndrome are rare to nonexistent.
Diogenes syndrome, variously known as senile breakdown [1], social breakdown [2] and senile squalor syndrome [3], refers to this condition and is characterized by extreme self-neglect, domestic squalor and social withdrawal and is often accompanied by excessive hoarding (syllogomania) and lack of concern about one's living conditions.