noun Psychiatry.
a mental disorder in which one believes oneself to be an animal.

1855–60; zo- + -anthropy < Neo-Latin -anthrōpia < Greek; see anthropo-, -y3

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form of mania in which a man imagines himself to be another type of beast, 1856, from Mod.L. zoanthropia, from Gk. zoion "animal" + anthropos "man" (see anthropo-).
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zoanthropy zo·an·thro·py (zō-ān'thrə-pē)
A delusion that one is an animal.

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