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A type of schizophrenia characterized by disorganized speech and behavior, flat or inappropriate affect, and sometimes silly or inappropriate mannerisms. Also called disorganized schizophrenia.
[Greek hēbē, youth (because the onset of the disorder typically occurs in adolescence or young adulthood) + -phrenia.]
he′be·phren′ic (-frĕn′ĭk, -frē′nĭk) adj.
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(Psychiatry) a form of pubertal schizophrenia, characterized by hallucinations, delusions, foolish behaviour, and senseless laughter
[C20: New Latin, from Greek hēbē youth + -phrenia mental disorder, from phrēn mind]
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he•be•phre•ni•a(ˌhi bəˈfri ni ə)
a form of schizophrenia characterized by emotionless, incongruous, or silly behavior, intellectual deterioration, and hallucinations.
he`be•phren′ic (-ˈfrɛn ɪk) adj., n.
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a form of insanity or dementia praecox that can appear at puberty, characterized by foolish behavior and deterioration of the mental faculties.See also: Insanity
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|Noun||1.||hebephrenia - 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|
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