floccillation

floccillation

[flok-suh-ley-shuhn]
noun Pathology.
a delirious picking of the bedclothes by the patient, as in certain fevers.
Also called carphology.


Origin:
1835–45; < Latin flocc(us) floccus + -ill(us) diminutive suffix + -ation

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floccillation floc·cil·la·tion (flŏk'sə-lā'shən)
n.
An aimless plucking at the bedclothes occurring especially in the delirium of a fever.

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