Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: par'a-noy'a


A severe but relatively rare mental disorder characterized by the presence of systematized delusions, often of a persecutory character involving being followed, poisoned, or harmed by other means, in an otherwise intact personality.

[G. derangement, madness, fr. para- + noeo, to think]

See Also: paranoid personality

© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.