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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: delirare 'to leave a straight line, be mad', from lira 'line cut in the ground'

delirium

noun
     
de‧lir‧i‧um
1 [uncountable]MI a state in which someone is delirious, especially because they are very ill:
Before she died she had fits of delirium.
2 [singular,uncountable] extreme excitement
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