deliria

delirium

[dih-leer-ee-uhm]
noun, plural deliriums, deliria [dih-leer-ee-uh] .
1.
Pathology. a more or less temporary disorder of the mental faculties, as in fevers, disturbances of consciousness, or intoxication, characterized by restlessness, excitement, delusions, hallucinations, etc.
2.
a state of violent excitement or emotion.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin dēlīrium frenzy, equivalent to dēlīr(āre) (see deliration) + -ium -ium

semidelirium, noun
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delirium (dɪˈlɪrɪəm)
 
n , pl -liriums, -liria
1.  a state of excitement and mental confusion, often accompanied by hallucinations, caused by high fever, poisoning, brain injury, etc
2.  violent excitement or emotion; frenzy
 
[C16: from Latin: madness, from dēlīrāre, literally: to swerve from a furrow, hence be crazy, from de- + līra ridge, furrow]
 
de'liriant
 
adj

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delirium
1590s, from L. delirium "madness," from deliriare "be crazy, rave," lit. "go off the furrow," a plowing metaphor, from phrase de lire (de "off, away" + lira "furrow").
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delirium de·lir·i·um (dĭ-lēr'ē-əm)
n. de·lir·i·ums or de·lir·i·a (-ē-ə)
A temporary state of mental confusion resulting from high fever, intoxication, shock, or other causes, and characterized by anxiety, disorientation, memory impairment, hallucinations, trembling, and incoherent speech.

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