Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In chem., a melting or liquefaction by absorption of moisture, as of a salt.
  • noun Figuratively, a melting or maudlin mood of mind.
  • noun An interruption or failure of the sun's light, whether caused by an eclipse or otherwise.
  • noun In medicine, a failure of vital force; syncope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.), rare A melting or dissolution in the air, or in a moist place; a liquid condition.
  • noun obsolete A sinking away; a swooning.
  • noun A melting or maudlin mood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chemistry liquefaction through absorption of moisture from the air
  • noun pathology An abrupt loss of consciousness usually caused by an insufficient blood flow to the brain; fainting.
  • noun literary (figuratively) a languid, maudlin mood
  • noun rare an abrupt absence of sunlight, e.g. caused by an eclipse

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

Etymologies

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From Latin delinquere ("to lack, to fail")

Examples

  • There is a kind of deliquium of the spirits, called swooning away, that may befall believers, which suspends all acts of life, when yet the man is not dead.

    Several Practical Cases of Conscience Resolved

  • In the female flux (immoderate menstruation?), if convulsion and deliquium come on, it is bad.

    Aphorisms

  • From the rupture of an internal abscess, prostration of strength, vomiting, and deliquium animi result.

    Aphorisms

  • But if the discharges be fluid, it is favorable that they are not accompanied with a noise, nor are frequent, nor in great quantity; for the man being oppressed by frequently getting up, must be deprived of sleep; and if the evacuations be both frequent and large, there is danger of his falling into deliquium animi.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • Excision, either of articular bones or of pieces of bones, when not high up in the body, but about the foot or the hand, is generally followed by recovery, unless the patient die at once from deliquium animi.

    Instruments Of Reduction

  • When the articular bones of the fingers are fairly chopped off, these cases are mostly unattended with danger, unless deliquium come on in consequence of the injury, and ordinary treatment will be sufficient to such sores.

    On The Articulations

  • And when proper to carry the evacuation to deliquium animi, this also should be done, provided the patient can support it.

    Aphorisms

  • But the parts below the seat of the injury, and the sound portion of the body, are to be previously taken away (for they die previously), taking care to avoid producing pain, for deliquium animi may occasion death.

    Instruments Of Reduction

  • And The Old Oak Chest, what was it all about? that proscript (1st dress), that prodigious number of banditti, that old woman with the broom, and the magnificent kitchen in the third act (was it in the third?) — they are all fallen in a deliquium, swim faintly in my brain, and mix and vanish.

    Memories and Portraits

  • The result is dulness of sight, a stagnation of the vital circulations, and a general deliquium and sloughing off of all the intellectual faculties.

    Walden

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