from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Obsessive repetition of meaningless words and phrases, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
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- n. An obsessive repetition of meaningless words and phrases, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, the continual utterance of certain words or phrases, repeated at short intervals, without any reference to their meaning.
Often striking, non-goal-directed, repetitive motor behavior; repetition of phrases and sentences in an automatic fashion, similar to a scratched record, termed verbigeration verbal stereotypy
Schizophrenics frequently speak in a stilted, manneristic fashion, and the fluency of their speech may be intermittently disturbed, with paucity of speech, verbigeration (associations repeated in a stereotyped manner, palilalia in the aphasia literature), or perseveration (words or phrases repetitively inserted in the flow of speech).
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