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Noun: hebephrenia  ,hee-bu'free-nee-u
  1. A form of schizophrenia characterized by severe disintegration of personality including erratic speech and childish mannerisms and bizarre behaviour; usually becomes evident during puberty; the most common diagnostic category in mental institutions
    - hebephrenic schizophrenia, disorganized schizophrenia, disorganized type schizophrenia, disorganised schizophrenia [Brit], disorganised type schizophrenia [Brit]

Derived forms: hebephrenias

Type of: dementia praecox, schizophrenia, schizophrenic disorder, schizophrenic psychosis

Encyclopedia: Hebephrenia