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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A delirious picking of bedclothes by a sick person, as if to pick off flocks of wool; carphology; -- an alarming symptom in acute diseases.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, a delirious picking of the bedclothes by a patient; carphologia.

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  • This is actually a pretty sad (and sometimes frightening) thing to see. :-(

    April 30, 2008

  • would an inflocculation keep one from getting that?

    April 30, 2008

  • a sick person's delirious picking at the bedclothes.

    April 30, 2008