from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Inflammation of the diaphragm.
- n. Encephalitis. No longer in scientific use.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Madness, especially as caused by inflammation of the brain; meningitis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Inflammation of the brain, or of the meninges of the brain, attended with acute fever and delirium; -- called also cephalitis.
- n. See Frenzy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, an inflammation of the brain or its meninges, attended with acute fever and delirium.
- n. Delirium; frenzy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus; symptoms include headache and neck pain and drowsiness and nausea and fever (`phrenitis' is no longer in scientific use)
From Latin phrenītis, from Ancient Greek φρενῖτις, from φρήν ("mind"). (Wiktionary)