psychosis

noun
psy·cho·sis | \sī-ˈkō-səs \
plural psychoses\sī-ˈkō-ˌsēz \

Definition of psychosis 

: a serious mental illness (such as schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality often with hallucinations or delusions

Examples of psychosis in a Sentence

The patient suffers from some kind of psychosis.

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Taking mushrooms can lead to nausea, panic attacks and, rarely, paranoia and psychosis. Barbara Feder Ostrov, sacbee, "'Magic' mushrooms: The next great legalization debate," 29 May 2018 In fact, research has begun to show that meditation can have a negative impact — can even trigger psychosis — in people who have suffered a severe trauma or who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Mindfulness is not just a buzzword, it's a multibillion dollar industry. Here's the truth about the hype," 2 July 2018 Taking mushrooms can lead to nausea, panic attacks and, rarely, paranoia and psychosis. Barbara Feder Ostrov, sacbee, "'Magic' mushrooms: The next great legalization debate," 29 May 2018 Taking mushrooms can lead to nausea, panic attacks and, rarely, paranoia and psychosis. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "First, marijuana. Are 'magic' mushrooms next?," 14 May 2018 Taking mushrooms can lead to nausea, panic attacks and, rarely, paranoia and psychosis. Barbara Feder Ostrov, Washington Post, "First, Marijuana. Are Magic Mushrooms Next?," 14 May 2018 For those who have any sort of bipolar or psychosis history, there is the possibility of overstimulation. Simone Kitchens, The Cut, "Microdosing’s Micromoment," 3 May 2018 The Enquirer/Kevin Grasha A man recently diagnosed with psychosis who was convicted of trying to kill six police officers was sentenced Thursday to 53 years in prison. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Man who shot at police officers sentenced to 53 years in prison: 'Judgment Day is coming'," 19 Apr. 2018 There’s a huge tradition of comedians talking about, maybe not diagnosed things, but just talking about psychosis. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Maria Bamford talks comedy ahead of show at The Plaza Live," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of psychosis

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psychosis

New Latin

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psychosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of psychosis

: a very serious mental illness that makes you behave strangely or believe things that are not true

psychosis

noun
psy·cho·sis | \sī-ˈkō-səs \
plural psychoses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of psychosis 

: a serious mental illness (as schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality often with hallucinations or delusions

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