tangential

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tangential

1. of, being, relating to, or in the direction of a tangent
2. Astronomy (of velocity) in a direction perpendicular to the line of sight of a celestial object
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Based on DSM-V criteria, the patient was diagnosed with psychotic disorder due to another medical condition having presented with auditory hallucination, paranoid delusion, and disorganized speech (tangentiality and circumstantiality).
FORM OF THINKING AND VERBAL FLUENCY DISORDERS * Loss of associations * Circumstantiality * Tangentiality * Tachyphemia/distractible speech/increase in the latency duration of the response/language blocking/language slowdown/verbal stereotypes 6.