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derailment

 [de-rāl´ment]
disordered thought or speech characteristic of schizophrenia and marked by constant jumping around from one topic to another before the first is fully realized, the topics often being clearly but indirectly related or unrelated.

de·rail·ment

(dē-rāl'ment),
A symptom of a thought disorder in which one constantly gets "off the track" in one's thoughts and speech; similar to loosening of association.

derailment

/de·rail·ment/ (de-rāl´ment) disordered thought or speech characteristic of schizophrenia and marked by constant jumping from one topic to another before the first is fully realized.

derailment

[dirāl′mənt]
a pattern of speech in which incomprehensible, disconnected, and unrelated ideas replace logical and orderly thought.

derailment

A pattern of communication (speech or writing) in which a person's ideas slip off one track and onto another that is completely unrelated or only obliquely related. In moving from one sentence or clause to the next, the patient shifts topics from one frame of reference to another and things are said in juxtaposition that lack a meaningful relationship. This disturbance occurs between clauses, in contrast to incoherence, in which the disturbance is within clauses.

Aetiology
Organic brain disease, schizophrenia.

derailment

Neurology Speech characterized by abrupt changes in a parallel direction Etiology Organic brain disease, schizophrenia

de·rail·ment

(dē-rāl'mĕnt)
A symptom of a thought disorder in which one constantly gets "off the track" in one's thoughts and speech; similar to loosening of association.
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