Definition of dementia praecox in English:

dementia praecox

Line breaks: de|men¦tia prae|cox
Pronunciation: /ˈpriːkɒks


Archaic term for schizophrenia.
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  • Emil Kraepelin proposed links between dementia praecox and hormones in 1892.
  • Schizophrenia, which used to be called early dementia or dementia praecox, is a devastating mental illness.
  • Among the illnesses he described were manic-depression and dementia praecox, a disorder renamed schizophrenia (split mind) by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugene Bleuler in 1911.


Latin, literally 'early insanity'.

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