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habeas corpus

[hā′bē·əs kôr′pəs]
Etymology: L, you have the body
a right retained by all psychiatric patients that provides for the release of individuals who claim they are being deprived of their liberty and detained illegally. A hearing for this determination takes place in a court of law, where the patient's sanity may be at issue.