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Psychiatry. characterized by or afflicted with psychosis. (in nontechnical usage) insane, psychopathic, lunatic, mentally ill; mad, disturbed, deranged, demented, non compos mentis. sane; compos mentis, clearheaded, lucid.
Psychiatry. of or relating to psychosis: psychotic symptoms; psychotic delusion.
(loosely) mentally unstable: The man who threw a stone through the convenience store window must be psychotic. loony, crazy, nutty, nuts, bonkers; kooky, cuckoo, daft, batty, screwy, potty.
intensely upset, anxious, or angry; crazy: My dad gets so psychotic when I come home even a little bit late. crazed, furious, enraged, wrathful, irate, incensed, infuriated; livid, pissed off.
Psychiatry. a person afflicted with psychosis. (in nontechnical usage) psychopath, madman, maniac, lunatic.
(loosely) someone who is mentally unstable: I always cross the street when I have to go past that homeless shelter; it's full of psychotics. nut, kook, cuckoo, loony, loon.
someone who exhibits extreme emotion or behavior: My brother turns into a complete psychotic whenever his team loses. lunatic, maniac, psycho.

1885–85; psych(osis) + -otic

psychotically, adverb
nonpsychotic, adjective
semipsychotic, adjective
unpsychotic, adjective

neurotic, psychotic, schizophrenic, schizoid.
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psychotic (saɪˈkɒtɪk)
1.  of, relating to, or characterized by psychosis
2.  a person experiencing psychosis
usage  It is preferable to talk about a person experiencing psychosis rather than a psychotic, which reduces a person's individuality

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Word Origin & History

1890, coined from psychosis, on the model of neurotic/neurosis, from Gk. psykhe- "mind, soul" (see psyche). The noun meaning "a psychotic person" is recorded from 1910.
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Medical Dictionary

psychotic psy·chot·ic (sī-kŏt'ĭk)
Of, relating to, or affected by psychosis. n.
A person affected by psychosis.

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psychosis   (sī-kō'sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural psychoses (sī-kō'sēz)
A mental state caused by psychiatric or organic illness, characterized by a loss of contact with reality and an inability to think rationally. A psychotic person often behaves inappropriately and is incapable of normal social functioning.

psychotic adjective (sī-kŏt'ĭk)
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