psy·​chot·​ic | \ sī-ˈkä-tik How to pronounce psychotic (audio) \

Definition of psychotic

: of, relating to, marked by, or affected with psychosis a psychotic patient psychotic behavior

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Other Words from psychotic

psychotic noun
psychotically \ sī-​ˈkä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychotic (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of psychotic in a Sentence

He was diagnosed as psychotic. a psychotic patient who was recently admitted
Recent Examples on the Web The disease is believed to be associated with changes in the brain that occur during puberty that may trigger psychotic episodes in people who are vulnerable, according to the National Institutes of Health. ABC News, "Mom who struggled to accept her son's schizophrenia talks about crisis services," 28 Apr. 2021 Ben had never experienced a psychotic episode and was very active and healthy, both mentally and physically, when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Feb. 12, Jennifer said. Nara Schoenberg,, "After COVID-19, came panic and paranoia. The suicide of a Morris businessman shines a spotlight on a rare but serious condition: Post-COVID psychosis.," 28 Apr. 2021 Quick, like millions of other Americans, had bipolar disorder -- a common but serious mental illness that causes periods of depression and periods of manic behavior that can sometimes turn into psychotic episodes. Rebecca Boone, Star Tribune, "Prosecutor says no criminal charges in jail starvation death," 13 Apr. 2021 Hired by a professional couple to be a surrogate mother, a psychotic young woman starts to develop a dangerous fixation with the husband. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 During a psychotic episode, Bill had shot and killed a college student at a campus pizza shop. Vincent Granata, Rolling Stone, "How a Writer Salvaged Love for His Schizophrenic Brother Who Killed Their Mom," 23 Apr. 2021 Paul Silva’s mother called San Diego police on Feb. 20, 2018, because her son had stopped taking medication for schizophrenia and was experiencing a psychotic episode. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County agrees to pay $3.5M to settle 2018 jail death," 5 Apr. 2021 The medical examiner's office ruled Barrier died of a heart attack, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features was a contributing factor. Dave Collins, Star Tribune, "Lawsuit filed over 2019 police custody death in Connecticut," 16 Mar. 2021 On a snowy night last March, Daniel Prude sprinted shirtless out of his brother’s home in Rochester, N.Y., seemingly in the grip of a psychotic episode. New York Times, "Rochester Officers Will Not Be Charged in Killing of Daniel Prude," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of psychotic

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychotic was circa 1890

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7 May 2021

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“Psychotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of psychotic

: having or relating to a very serious mental illness that makes you act strangely or believe things that are not true : relating to or suffering from psychosis


psy·​chot·​ic | \ sī-ˈkät-ik How to pronounce psychotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, marked by, or affected with psychosis

Other Words from psychotic

psychotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychotic (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of psychotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a psychotic individual

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