Floccillation
Floccillation Floc`cil*la"tion, n. [L. floccus a flock of wool. Cf. {Flock} of wool.] (Med.) A delirious picking of bedclothes by a sick person, as if to pick off flocks of wool; carphology; -- an alarming symptom in acute diseases. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

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  • floccillation — /flok seuh lay sheuhn/, n. Pathol. a delirious picking of the bedclothes by the patient, as in certain fevers. Also called carphology. [1835 45; < L flocc(us) FLOCCUS + ill(us) dim. suffix + ATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • floccillation — noun Picking at the bedclothes, usually seen in delirious, feverish or dying people. Syn: carphologia, carphology, crocydismus …   Wiktionary

  • floccillation — An aimless plucking at the bedclothes, as if one were picking off threads or tufts of cotton. [Mod. L. flocculus] * * * floc·cil·la·tion .fläk sə lā shən n CARPHOLOGY * * * n. see carphology * * * floc·cil·la·tion (flok″sĭ… …   Medical dictionary

  • floccillation — n. delirious picking of the sheets and blankets by a sick person (symptom of an acute disease) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • floccillation — n. (Med.) Carphology, tilmus …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • floccillation — floc·cil·la·tion …   English syllables

  • floccillation — n.; see carphology …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • floccillation — floc•cil•la•tion [[t]ˌflɒk səˈleɪ ʃən[/t]] n. pat a purposeless compulsive picking at one s clothing or bedding, as in delirium • Etymology: 1835–45; < L flocc(us) tuft of wool + ill(us) dim. suffix + ation …   From formal English to slang

  • floccillation — The delirious picking at bedclothes by a sick person …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • floccillation — /flɒksəˈleɪʃən/ (say floksuh layshuhn) noun a picking at the bedclothes observed in those suffering great exhaustion, fever, etc.; carphology. {* floccillus (assumed diminutive of Latin floccus flock of wool) + ation} …   Australian English dictionary

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