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Meaning of PSYCHOSIS

Pronunciation:  sI'kowsis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted

PSYCHOSIS is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: blue devils, delirium tremens, dementia praecox, DTs, mental disease, mental illness, paranoia, psychopathy, schizophrenia, schizophrenic disorder, schizophrenic psychosis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Psy*cho"sis\, n. [NL. See {Psycho-}.]
1. Any vital action or activity. --Mivart.

2. (Med.) A disease of the mind; especially, a functional
   mental disorder, that is, one unattended with evident
   organic changes.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Mental disturbance of serious magnitude that may be characterized by loss of contact with reality. Delusions and hallucinations are often present.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Psychosis is a mental disorder characterized by loss of contact with reality (having delusions and hallucinations), and exhibiting regressive behavior and attitudes (diminished control of elementary impulses and desires).