psychosis meaning

[ sai'kəusis ] Pronunciation:   "psychosis" in a sentence
Noun: psychosis (psychoses)  sI'kowsis
  1. Any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted

Derived forms: psychoses

See also: psychotic

Type of: mental disease, mental illness, psychopathy

Encyclopedia: Psychosis

n pl -cho·ses : a serious mental disorder (as schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality often with hallucinations or delusions


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  1. the occasional patient will develop a frank postoperative psychosis.
  2. that they're buried beneath layers of psychosis
  3. .. . which developed into a form of violent psychosis ..
  4. other or unspecified acute and transient psychosis
  5. which were the root cause of her psychosis

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