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puerilism

[pyoo-er-uh-liz-uh m, pyoo r-uh-] /ˈpyu ər əˌlɪz əm, ˈpyʊər ə-/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
childishness in the behavior of an adult.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; puerile + -ism
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puerilism

/ˈpjʊərɪˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
(psychiatry) immature or childish behaviour by an adult
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puerilism in Medicine

puerilism pu·er·il·ism (pyōō'ər-ə-lĭz'əm, pyur'ə-)
n.
Childish behavior in an adult, especially as a symptom of mental illness.

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