Definition of hebephrenia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhiːbɪˈfriːnɪə/


[mass noun]
A form of chronic schizophrenia involving disordered thought, inappropriate emotions, hallucinations, and bizarre behaviour.
Example sentences
  • The case presented illustrates this dream material and is compared with two other cases of hebephrenia previously published by the author which do not contain dream material.
  • More important, however, is that in hebephrenia the ultimate disintegration of the personality is greater than in other types of schizophrenia.
  • Another common type, which is also the most devastating, is disorganized schizophrenia, which is also known as hebephrenia.



Pronunciation: /ˌhiːbɪˈfrɛnɪk/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Acute and catatonic forms of the illness were more prevalent in developing countries, whereas hebephrenic and chronic forms were more frequently seen in developed countries.
  • Additionally, the drug-free group demonstrated fewer hebephrenic traits.
  • The catalyst for this was predictably hebephrenic, typifying the whole Internet experience.


Late 19th century (originally associated with behaviour in puberty): from Hebe1 + Greek phrēn 'mind' + -ia1.

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