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derealization

[dee-ree-uh-luh-zey-shuh n] /diˌri ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
an alteration in perception leading to the feeling that the reality of the world has been changed or lost.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; de- + realization, orig. in the phrase feeling of derealization, as translation of German Entfremdungsgefühl (Freud)
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  • The few months was how long it took before the derealization lasted.
derealization in Medicine

derealization de·re·al·i·za·tion (dē-rē'ə-lĭ-zā'shən)
n.
The feeling that things in one's surroundings are strange, unreal, or somehow altered, as seen in schizophrenia.

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