Delirium


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delirium

a state of excitement and mental confusion, often accompanied by hallucinations, caused by high fever, poisoning, brain injury, etc.

Delirium

 

the totality of ideas and concepts not corresponding to reality, distorting reality, and not lending themselves to correction. Delirium completely takes possession of the consciousness and is characterized by the destruction of logical thinking. It is a symptom of many mental illnesses (for example, schizophrenia and alcoholism).

There are two varieties of delirium. In so-called primary delirium, rational, logical cognition is affected; distorted judgment is consistently reinforced by a series of subjective proofs having their own system. This type of delirium is persistent and has a tendency to be progressive. “Emotional” delirium is characterized by images, primarily day-dreams and fantasies; ideas are fragmentary and inconsistent; and rational and emotional cognition are disturbed. Delirium can be eliminated when the underlying illness is cured.


Delirium

 

clouding of consciousness that generally occurs at the height of an infectious disease and is accompanied by a flood of vivid visual hallucinations, raving, and motor excitation. Delirium provoked by alcohol is called delirium tremens.

delirium

[di′lir·ē·əm]
(medicine)
Severely disordered mental state associated with fever, intoxication, head trauma, and other encephalopathies.

Delirium

An embedding coordinate language for parallel programming, implemented on Sequent Symmetry, Cray, BBN Butterfly.

["Parallel Programming with Coordination Structures", S. Lucco et al, 18th POPL, pp.197-208 (1991)].
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It would be likely to recur to a man in a delirium.
Oh, how oppressive this continual delirium is," thought Prince Andrew, trying to drive that face from his imagination.
Toward morning Norman of Torn fell into a quiet and natural sleep; the fever and delirium had succumbed before his perfect health and iron constitution.
This is about the time when the delirium usually sets in.
In the delirium of fever, and in the full possession of his reason, he has the same dreadful doubt of me.
In my delirium I wandered deep beneath the ground through a thousand of these dens, and behind locked doors of iron I suffered and died a thousand deaths.
If you persist in disregarding his entreaties, if you let the delirium go on for four-and-twenty hours more, he is a dead man.
In conscious count of time he knew of months, many of them; but he had no way of estimating the long intervals of delirium and stupor.
This Billy was another man, a sick man, and no more to be held responsible than a fever-patient in the ravings of delirium.
It is true that I heard the dying Indian's words; but if those words were pronounced to be the ravings of delirium, how could I contradict the assertion from my own knowledge?
She told us at once that you were lying in a high fever and had just run away from the doctor in delirium, and they were looking for you in the streets.
I should be ashamed to say what literary triumphs I achieved in those preposterous deliriums.