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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: tan-jen'she-al'i-te


A disturbance in the associative thought process in which one tends to digress readily from one topic under discussion to other topics that arise in the course of associations; observed in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and certain types of organic brain disorders.

[off on a tangent, fr. L. tango, to touch]

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