psychosis

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From psych- +‎ -osis or from Ancient Greek ψύχωσις (psúkhōsis, animation, principle of life).

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psychosis (plural psychoses)

  1. (psychology) A severe mental disorder, sometimes with physical damage to the brain, marked by a deranged personality and a distorted view of reality.
    • 2014 April 21, “Subtle effects”, The Economist, volume 411, number 8884: 
      Manganism has been known about since the 19th century, when miners exposed to ores containing manganese [] began to totter, slur their speech and behave like someone inebriated. The poisoning was irreversible, and soon ended in psychosis and death.

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