dementia praecox

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A Latin phrase coined in German (by Arnold Pick in 1891) and later adopted into English: dēmentia (madness”, “insanity) + praecox (premature”, “untimely) (whence the English precocious) = “untimely madness” ≈ “premature dementia” (here, dēmentia carries the connotation of senile dementia).

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dementia praecox (usually uncountable, plural dementiae praecoces)

  1. (dated, pathology) schizophrenia