Unrestrained and inappropraite laughter observed in people suffering from disorganised schizophrenia.
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combining form which denotes bad, unpleasant, or undesirable. It is derived from the Greek word kakos, meaning bad. For example, a cacophony of noise may be experienced during heavy traffic or any chaotic situation.
n. an irressistble urge to do something bad or harmful. For example, a person may develop a cacoethes for excessive smoking. It often manifests as an irrational desire or uncontrollable compulsion, one that eventually leads to manic behavior. See mania.
The irresistable and irational desire or compulsion.
n. a symbol associated with the medical profession. It is that of a short, vertical rod having two serpents coiled around it and a set of wings atop. Dervied from Greek mythology, the symbol stands for powers attributed to Hermes, the messenger of the gods.
The symbol that is used by all healing professions that is of 2 serpents coiled around a rod with a pair of wings at the top. In Greek mythology it is a magival wand.
Syndrome seen in Polynesia. Also called cathard.
n. Trade name for ergotamine. Specifically, it is a medication which combines caffeine and ergotamine tartrate. As a drug, it is prescribed in the prevention of vascular headaches and the management of migraine-related conditions.
Trade name for ergotamine.
n. in experimental psychology, refers to a technique applied in studying non-human species as to hunger and food preference. Under lab conditions, test subjects are offered a variety of foods and observed on their food choices. They are also evaluated on the extent to which their choices affect a life-sustaining balance in their nutrition. See diet self-selection.