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neologism

Pronunciation: ne-ol'o-jizm

Definition: A new word or phrase of the patient's own making often seen in schizophrenia (headshoe to mean hat), or an existing word used in a new sense; in psychiatry, such usages may have meaning only to the patient or be indicative of the patient's condition.

[neo- + G. logos, word]

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