phrenitis

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From Latin phrenītis, from Ancient Greek φρενῖτις (phrenîtis), from φρήν (phrḗn, mind).

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phrenitis (plural phrenitides)

  1. (historical, medicine) Madness, especially as caused by inflammation of the brain; meningitis.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, Book I, New York 2001, p.140:
      Phrenitis, which the Greeks derive from the word φρήν, is a disease of the mind, with a continual madness or dotage […].

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