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 (tăn-jĕn′shəl) also tan·gen·tal (-jĕn′tl)
1. Of, relating to, or moving along or in the direction of a tangent.
2. Merely touching or slightly connected.
3. Only superficially relevant; divergent: a tangential remark.

tan·gen′ti·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
tan·gen′tial·ly adv.


n (psych) tangencialidad f
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FORM OF THINKING AND VERBAL FLUENCY DISORDERS * Loss of associations * Circumstantiality * Tangentiality * Tachyphemia/distractible speech/increase in the latency duration of the response/language blocking/language slowdown/verbal stereotypes 6.
The third group is disorganized symptoms, relative to disorganization in thought, language, or behavior (circumstantiality, tangentiality, derailment, "word salad", psychomotive slowness, rhythmic and repetitive movement or gestures, and strange behaviors without a defined purpose).
To illustrate, the tangentiality of thought typical of schizophrenia is absent during an interview with a malingering person--perseverations are very difficult to feign (Resnick, 1984).