Definition of hebephrenia in English:



  • A form of chronic schizophrenia involving disordered thought, inappropriate emotions, hallucinations, and bizarre behavior.

    ‘The case presented illustrates this dream material and is compared with two other cases of hebephrenia previously published by the author which do not contain dream material.’
    • ‘More important, however, is that in hebephrenia the ultimate disintegration of the personality is greater than in other types of schizophrenia.’
    • ‘Another common type, which is also the most devastating, is disorganized schizophrenia, which is also known as hebephrenia.’
    • ‘He was able, thus, to disentangle true catatonia, true hebephrenia and the deteriorating paranoid process, all of which led to a catastrophic outcome, from the benign clinical patterns which were forced into those groups due to an overindulgent criterion.’
    • ‘Certain forms of schizophrenia, particularly hebephrenia and catatonia, result in a fair percentage of complete recoveries, which is not true in certain other forms, particularly paranoia.’



/ˌhēbəˈfrēnēə/ /ˌhibəˈfriniə/


Late 19th century (originally associated with behavior in puberty): from Hebe + Greek phrēn ‘mind’+ -ia.