Simple Definition of delirium
: a mental state in which you are confused and not able to think or speak clearly usually because of fever or some other illness
: a state of wild excitement and great happiness
Full Definition of delirium
1 : an acute mental disturbance characterized by confused thinking and disrupted attention usually accompanied by disordered speech and hallucinations
2 : frenzied excitement <he would stride about his room in a delirium of joy — Thomas Wolfe>
Examples of delirium
In her delirium, nothing she said made any sense.
<shoppers running around in a delirium the day before Christmas>
Origin of delirium
Latin, from delirare to be crazy, literally, to leave the furrow (in plowing), from de- + lira furrow — more at learn
First Known Use: circa 1563
DELIRIUM Defined for Kids
Definition of delirium
1 : a condition of mind in which thought and speech are confused usually because of a high fever or other illness
2 : wild excitement
Medical Definition of delirium
: a mental disturbance characterized by confusion, disordered speech, and hallucinations
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