derealization

noun
de·​re·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌrē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce derealization (audio) \

Definition of derealization

: a feeling of altered reality (such as that occurring in schizophrenia or in some drug reactions) in which one's surroundings appear unreal or unfamiliar

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People with dissociative psychiatric conditions such as derealization or depersonalization syndrome report that their perceptual worlds, even their own selves, lack a sense of reality. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of derealization

1942, in the meaning defined above

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derealization

noun
de·​re·​al·​iza·​tion
variants: or British derealisation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌrē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌri-​ə-​ How to pronounce derealisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of derealization

: a feeling of altered reality that occurs often in schizophrenia and in some drug reactions

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