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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"adolescent insanity," 1886, coined in Modern Latin by German psychiatrist Ewald Escker in 1871, from Greek hebe "youth" (see Hebe (1)) + phrene "mind" (see phreno-) + abstract noun ending -ia.


n. 1 (context obsolete English) A type of mental disorder occurring during puberty. 2 (context clinical psychology English) A form of schizophrenia characterised by inappropriate behaviour and emotional responses.


n. 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 [syn: hebephrenic schizophrenia, disorganized schizophrenia, disorganized type schizophrenia]

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A race of smiling, foolish giants, lost in the irreparable hebephrenia of their world.